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Public Punishment: Mom Forces Son to Hold Sign Announcing Bad GPA

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It's another case of a parent publicly punishing their child... this time, a kid's low GPA is the reason.

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A Tampa mom stuck her teenage son on a street corner with a sign reading "GPA 1.22 ... Honk if I need education."

Ronda Holder says she's done all she can to get her 15-year-old to improve his academic life, according to She and her son's father have "offered help, asked to see homework, grounded, lectured him and confiscated his cell phone."

Ronda, who says she's fighting for her child's education, made her son wear the sign for nearly four hours.

Momlogic expert Dr. Wendy Walsh, a mother and Doctor of Psychology, do not recommend parents resort to such measures. "Punishment that involves additional public shame on top of private family shame can be dangerous, damaging and have lifelong effects," says Walsh.

Momlogic wants to know -- would you do this to your child? Do you think this mom went too far? Is public punishment ever okay?

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Deanna February 23, 2011, 2:49 PM

I don’t know if I would do this! But I sure think it is funny :).

Chelsea February 23, 2011, 3:09 PM

I would say that as a parent our role is to raise our children up and not to shame them and bring them down. In our house we for multiple reasons have chosen not punish our children but to give them consequences. Being that when you punish someone the intent is to cause suffering. In our son’s case he was abused and his biological mother murdered his 1/2 brother. For him us choosing to show him that we aren’t interested in making him suffer for his bad choices or mistakes he understands that we want him to make better choices and when he doesn’t there is always a consequence. It has made a huge difference for a young man that had 99% of his life been taught to lie and manipulate because that’s what his bio mom and step father gave him as an example. He went from failing 6th grade 2 years ago when we finally got custoday of him to being in the gifted program and getting A’s & B’s. Positive reinforcement has changed his life. Don’t take it that I am saying we are perfect in any way, we stumble and make mistakes too but we always try to come back to this main goal.

N February 24, 2011, 2:56 PM

Yeah she evidently tried everything except talking with his teachers, getting him a tutor, asking to see his completed homework. Clearly this is a failing on their part as parents and its looks like they failed again

Kate Frisina February 25, 2011, 6:23 AM

We discussed discipline on one of our shows at and it was one of our most talked about shows, mainly because moms were split right down the middle as to what was considered over the top and what was not!

Anonymous February 28, 2011, 9:45 PM

Poor work ethics that involve additional laziness on top of a private couldn’t care less attitude can be dangerous, damaging, and have lifelong effects.

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Hannah (14 yrs) March 18, 2011, 2:00 PM

Personally, I think that most kids think that they are invincible. They think that no matter what they do, they will never be knocked down. I think that this mother went too far by putting her son out on the street and publically humillating him, but i also think that it most likely opened his eyes to the torments and overall reality of life. i think you need to open up your kids eyes and give them a jolt of how life works before they go out into the world, this mother just decided to do it a bit more derastically than most.

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