I have no problem with using public humiliation as punishment to alter behavior. It used to be standard practice in this country, and those generations were better behaved compared to the juvenile delinquents of today.
Controversy has engulfed a high school in Arizona as two students were punished for fighting by being forced to hold hands for an hour in the middle of the campus.
Freshman Charles Crockett, 14, and a sophomore known onlyas Julio got into a scuffle in P.E. class at Westwood High, Mesa, on Wednesday. School principal Tim Richards gave the boys a simple choice - be suspended or face some public humiliation.
Both students chose the less serious but more embarrassing option and sat with locked palms for over an hour in front of all their class-mates. The principal's actions are now facing criticism.
Westwood student Brittney Smyers, who witnessed the incident, told ABC News: 'Kids were laughing at them and calling them names asking, "Are you gay?"'
Another pupil, Mickey Shull, said: 'I've been in ROTC and it's no different than some of the stuff you have to do there. It works.'