The sign, clutched by 12-year-old Dylan at a busy intersection in Spring, Texas, says it all: "I was suspended from school for cussing out my teacher."
The unusual punishment, meted out for Dylan's foul language, was the brainchild of Rachel Macha, a friend of Dylan's mom.
“He cursed at a couple of his teachers on two separate occasions and was suspended from school today,” Macha, who apparently had permission from the mother to administer this punishment, told KHOU last Thursday. “He wasn't raised to speak that way.”
She added that more conventional methods, like grounding and taking things away, had failed to have much of an impact. "This was something different," said Macha to WPTV.
Judging by the look on Dylan's unsmiling face, the experience won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Despite the apparent sudden uptick in public shaming as a parenting tool, however, many experts caution humiliation can actually be counterproductive.
What's your take on this type of punishment? Do you think it works?