As a school principal one becomes more limited in meting out punishment. Corporal punishment has seen better days and it's probably just as well because I don't think it works. In my school days, a good swat or two did little to reform my behavior or that of my friends.
Now comes the Mesas Arizona principal who encounters two students fighting. He creatively turns the table on them and gives them the choice of suspension or sitting in the Court yard holding hands for all kids to see. The lesson this is what happens when you fight.
This falls under "you can't do anything anymore" The principal is being chastised because the exhibition of two male students being forced to holds hands may be a slap at the "Gay" community or as one person put it a "A gay punishment".
Here is what I think, how about the irony of two kids fighting and the principal turns the table on them and has them demonstrate that they really care for each other. Isn't that a demonstration of what the students should be thinking of, not fighting each other?
Their are others demonstrations of creative punishment such as the lady who was forced to carry a sign board in Cleveland stating that only idiots drive on sidewalks.
I like creative punishment. I think it's a deterrent and teaches. Good for Principal Tim Richards. I doubt he ever thought that doing his job would create this furor. The story is pasted below.
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Arizona Principal Slammed for Gay Humiliation Punishment
A Mesa, Arizona, high school principal is facing criticism after he punished two male students who were caught fighting by making them choose between suspension or sitting in the courtyard holding hands. The boys choose to sit in the courtyard, during which time other students laughed and shouted gay slurs at them. While some praised first-year Westwood High School Principal Tim Richard for his approach, others denounced it, saying it encourages bullying and homophobia. While it's not believed the two students involved are gay, critics said it sends a bad message to both gay and straight students. A petition on SignOn.org calling for Richard's dismissal says the discipline amounts to, quote, sanctioned bullying," and states, "It equates being gay or perceived as gay to punishment, and ranks it along side being thrown out of school." The school district condemned Richard's choice of punishment, saying in a statement, "The district does not condone the choice of in-school discipline given these students, regardless of their acceptance or willingness to participate. District leadership will address this matter with the school principal and review district protocol regarding student discipline with all