Is same-sex hand-holding a suitable punishment for high-school students?

Is same-sex hand-holding a suitable punishment for high-school students?

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Jacquelyn Blough
student | West Philadelphia
“Yes. It’s better than suspension. Suspension is a reward to some kids. It’s OK to show affection to someone of the same sex. It doesn’t mean you’re gay. I hug my girlfriends all the time. I love them. But I’m not a lesbian.”“Yes. It’s better than suspension. Suspension is a reward to some kids. It’s OK to show affection to someone of the same sex. It doesn’t mean you’re gay. I hug my girlfriends all the time. I love them. But I’m not a lesbian.”

Theresa Breslin
cosmetologist | Radnor
“No. It’s in-appropriate. It encourages people to look down on same-sex relation-ships. There has to be a more creative way of disciplining someone, without resorting to homophobia. Suspension or in-school detention would be better than that.”

Michele Harris
esthetician | South Philadelphia
“No. It buys into the belief that it’s shameful to be gay. And it’s a catalyst for bullying that already exists. The recipients of that type of discipline become more vulnerable to ostracism and bullying.”

Marie McGranagh
student | Kensington
“Yes. It helps break down the stigma. It’s something that students should experience. It helps break down barriers to public displays of affection. Same-sex hand-holding isn’t a big deal. And it shouldn’t be treated like a big deal.”


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