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10 Kids Punished by Their Parents ... in Public

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Parents resorting to public humiliation to discipline their kids is apparently a sign of the times. But does it work?

"Kids are shamed enough," says clinical psychologist Dr. Wendy Walsh."Every parent unknowingly instills plenty of shame just by shooting a condemning glance or a critical word in the direction of a child. Punishment that involves additional public shame on top of private family shame can be dangerous, damaging and have lifelong effects."

What do you think? Is public punishment an effective way to discipline?

10 Kids Punished By Their Parents ... In Public

Shopping Lifting

Earlier this month a 14-year-old boy, standing on a street intersection held up a sign telling the world he stole. Source

Smoking Pot and More...

A boy was made to stand on the corner holding a sign that said, I smoked pot and watched porn and got caught. So this is my punishment." Source


A seventh-grade girl got suspended from school in 2007 for a week for bullying another student. During the suspension week, her mom made her wear a sign for additional punishment. Source


As his father looked on, Dennis Baltimore Jr. walked along a busy street wearing a sandwich board sign as punishment for vandalizing his high school. Source

Shoplifting Cousins

When two cousinswere caught stealing, their parents punished them by making them hold signs on the side of the road proclaiming their crime.

Disprespectful to Teacher

After her 8-year-old son acted up in class, his mom made him stand on the sidewalk for three hours holding a sign telling the world he misbehaved. The boy had called his teacher a 'jackass.' Source

Dealing Drugs

In 2007, a father made his 14-year-old son, son wear a sign that said "I abused and sold drugs" standing on the sidewalk outsidethe boy's school. The father found out his son was using Oxycontin and marijuana by reading his son's myspace account. Source

Failing Grades

One mom was so fed up with her 14-year-old daughter's poor grades, her chronic lateness to class and her talking back to her teachers, so she decided to teach the girl a lesson and made her hold a sign at a busy intersection. She made Coretha stand at a busy Oklahoma City intersection Nov. 4 with a cardboard sign that read: "I don't do my homework and I act up in school, so my parents are preparing me for my future. Will work for food." Source

Smoking Pot

a father who caught his son smoking pot and resorted to an embarrassing punishment to prevent his son from doing it again.He made the boy stand on the side of the road donning a sign that read, "I like to smoke weed and get caught with it." Source

Smoking Cigarettes

Four girls where made to carry signs that read ""I got caught smoking. Ain't I a butt?" This punishment apparently backfired as the media attention made the teen believe they were local celebrities. "She called me screaming, 'I'm famous,' " one of the moms said of her daughter,"They think it's funny. They think it's a joke." Source

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