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Pocket Ninja: See, here's the problem. Zero-tolerance, no-interpretation, strict-penalty rules are utterly stupid and reflect a complete idiocy within the system whenever they end up being seriously considered.But that's the problem. When school administrators are given responsibility for "creative problem solving," they come up with shiat like this. So the system's already there.
styckx: A few others went as far as to say it sent a negative message to gay students because it portrayed hand-holding by two males to be embarrassing.
impaler: Two East Valley high school students were forced to hold hands in front of their classmates as punishment for fighting. Now that punishment is drawing criticism.The students at Westwood High in Mesa were apparently given the option to hold hands instead of being suspended.At first I was like: "Ok, after fighting, they were giving the option of suspension, or holding hands - an act of friendship, bonding, getting past the disagreement... what's the big deal?""Kids were laughing at them and calling them names asking, 'are you gay,'"Oh yeah. Homophobia. Forgot about that.
Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: I'm imagining the Fark comments section from an alternate universe where the two students are girls. It's a fun thread.
Happy Hours: "I've been in ROTC and it's no different than some of the stuff you have to do there. It works."Huh?WTF are they doing in ROTC?
ThrobblefootSpectre: Headline: 2 Mesa students forced to hold handsArticle: 2 Mesa students given the option to hold hands
John_David_Stutts: They used to take us down to the gym at lunchtime and strap the boxing gloves on us when we were caught fighting. The entire student body, faculty, and administration would come watch a couple of us try to knock each others blocks off. When it was over we'd try and lift our tired arms and shake hands and that would be the end of it. Win or lose it was kind of humiliating to be part of a public battle, but it was better than the alternate punishment of a three day suspension. Punishment is not supposed to be easy. If it were, they'd have called it something else./and there was no long term damage//unless you count cranial injuries maybe