An Arizona principal made two boys hold hands in the school courtyard to 'teach them a lesson.'
Two Arizona high school students who were caught fighting faced a controversial punishment concocted by their principal: Either endure a suspension, or sit in the school courtyard holding hands while other students shout and throw homophobic slurs at you.
The message here seems to be that there’s nothing more horrific than being perceived as gay.
Student Brittney Smyers told ABC 15, "Kids were laughing at them and calling them names, asking, 'Are you gay?' ”
Pictures of the boys holding hands surfaced online with some singing the principal’s praises, while others denounced his tactics as shortsighted and discriminatory.
School Encourages Homophobic Humiliation as Student Punishment
Just because some students made some comments doesn't mean they were encouraged to do so by the principal.
The original story doesn't say anything about the school "encouraging homophobic humiliation", just that they hold hands in order to avoid suspension. Just because some students made some comments doesn't mean they were encouraged to do so by the principal. My 2 cents. Maybe there is more to the story.
I think it's well accepted among other cultures
I've been in lots of cultures where females hold hands, I can't recall ever seeing heterosexual males holding hands (outside of perhaps sporting activities ie, start of a contest).
It's a real shame to recognize how many Americans do not understand scientific findings, such as the fact there is only a marginal 3% difference between the two biological sexes.
Either endure a suspension, or sit in the school courtyard holding hands