Principal Tim Richard Forces Boys to Hold Hands at School

| by Michael Allen

Tim Richard, the principal at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona, recently violated school policy when he required two boys, who were fighting, to hold hands in front of other students.

Richard met with Mesa Public School officials, who advised him not to speak to the press about the incident, according to

The school district did not release the names of the boys, because of their ages, but a picture of them holding hands and covering their faces was posted on Facebook.

Helen Hollands, spokeswoman for the school district, released a statement: “Mesa Public Schools is dedicated to maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment. The district has guidelines for appropriate student discipline, and our site administrators have the authority to impose consequences within our policies and regulations."

“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.”