Public Humiliation

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Registered: 07-05-2005
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Wed, 01-22-2014 - 7:43am

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/texas-boy-cussing-public-shaming_n_4631648.html


What's your take on this type of punishment?  Do you think it works?

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Wed, 01-22-2014 - 3:41pm
I don't agree with it. How would you take it as an adult if your boss made you stand I the side of the street with a sign saying you screwed up? There has got to be a better punishment for that child.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Wed, 01-22-2014 - 3:41pm
I don't agree with it. How would you take it as an adult if your boss made you stand I the side of the street with a sign saying you screwed up? There has got to be a better punishment for that child.

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Wed, 01-22-2014 - 11:28pm
I don't agree with it either. I just don't think it teaches much. There are so many other ways to get your point across without going to this level. If anything I think it would drive a big wedge between the child and the parent.
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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 01-26-2014 - 8:40am
Add me to the group that disagrees, I think when the very first incident went viral - where the dad shot his daughter's computer and expressed his disappointment about her rants on facebook it created a flurry of copy cats and its gotten ridiculous. Maybe mommy should stand on the street corner with a sign that reads how her child's behavior makes her feel.