(abc15)MESA, AZ - Two East Valley high school students were forced to hold hands in front of their classmates as punishment this week 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.
"Kids were laughing at them and calling them names asking, 'Are you gay?'" said student Brittney Smyers, who saw the punishment play out at the school earlier this week.
"It was funny," said student Mickey Shull. "I've been in ROTC and it's no different than some of the stuff you have to do there. It works."
Most students at the school thought the punishment was better than getting suspended. They acknowledged it was humiliating, but thought it would teach them a lesson.