(CNSNews.com) – A high school principal in Mesa, Arizona violated policy when he told two boys who were fighting to hold hands in front of other students, according to a report on azcentral.com.
Tim Richard, principal at Westwood High School, has not been reprimanded but has met with Mesa Public School officials, who advised him not to speak to the media about the incident, according to the article posted on Friday.
The school district did not release the names of the boys, but images of the incident have surfaced online and on Facebook.
Helen Hollands, spokeswoman for the school district, released a statement on the incident:
“Mesa Public Schools is dedicated to maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment,” the statement said. “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.”
Richard has been praised by the district for programs he has put in place since taking the helm at the school at the start of the year, including rewarding students who are not getting failing grades to “celebration” free time.