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Principal Under Fire After Making Two Boys Hold Hands In Public After Fight

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MESA, AZ - A principal is under fire in Arizona, after his method of "punishment by humiliation" has left many upset.

Students named Julio and Charles of Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona, were brought to Principal Tim Richards after a fist fight and presented with two choices. They could either be suspended — or they could hold hands for an hour in front of fellow students.

The high school duo conferred and decided to hold hands, as students laughed at them and uploaded pictures to social media sites while they sat in chairs outside with their faces covered.

Now, Richards has been criticized by the Mesa School District, which released a statement criticizing his actions:

"The district does not condone the choice of in-school discipline given these students, regardless of their acceptance or willingness to participate," the statement said. "District leadership will address this matter with the school principal, and review district protocol regarding student discipline with all administrators."

Many took to Twitter to criticize Richards, saying he was encouraging bullying and homophobia by insinuating being gay and holding hands is an embarrassment.

This article was written by Adrian Carrasquillo, and originally appeared on NBCLatino

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