In the latest parent-publicly-punishes-teen stint, father Donell Bryant made his 15-year-old daughter, Quandria, sport a sign on the side of a North Carolina highway that read "I have a bad attitude. I disrespect people who try to help me," on one side and "I do what I want, when I want, how I want," on the other.
Dad told WCTI12 that his daughter was becoming a "mean girl" who needed an attitude adjustment. Quandria had recently been suspended from school for being disrespectful, the news station reported, but Bryant didn't think the school's punishment sufficed.
So, he forced her to pace on the highway around the time when students were let out of school so she'd be seen. Dad's attempt to humiliate his daughter was apparently effective; Quandria said she plans to change her ways.
Just a few weeks ago, when an Illinois father used the same discipline tactic with his 8-year-old (her sign read "I like to steal from others and lie about it!!"), HuffPost columnist Lisa Belkin noted that the approach is not brand new -- every year or so a similar story makes headlines. But, she continued, a whole slew of parents seem to be turning to public punishment very recently, and they seem to be getting support.
Belkin offered the explanation that, "In a moment when so much else in life is lived out loud and in public, it would follow, in a backwards and disjointed kind of way, that the method of discipline as old as The Scarlet Letter would seem fitting in a modern age."
Below, five more signs children have worn as punishment:
Jose Lagares made his fourth-grade son hold a large homemade sign that read: "I am a bully. Honk if you hate bullies." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/jose-lagares-bully-publicly-shames-on_n_4045040.html" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Frances Hena made her 11-year-old daughter, Jamie, hold a sign that read "I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at my school dance" for two hours. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/mom-twerking-shame-video_n_3916580.html" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Brandon Mathison, 13, was shamed by his mother, April Mathison, for getting caught smoking weed. He wore a sign that said "Smoked pot, got caught, don't I look cool? NOT!" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/april-mathison-teen-punished-sign-for-smoking-pot_n_1833253.html" target="_blank">Read more</a>
Father Montrail White punished his 8-year-old daughter, Amiyah, "after repeatedly catching her taking things that didn't belong to her." School officials called police when White made his daughter stand in the parking lot wearing the sign pictured above. He was asked to leave school property but says the sign will remain in their home in case it needs to be used again. <em><a href="http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/316438/3/Swansea-police-called-as-Montrail-White-disciplines-Amiyah-White" target="_hplink">Read more</a></em>
Fifth grader, Tarvon Young, was suspended for planning to bully a classmate. His mother, Tarra Dean, didn't think his punishment was enough and forced him to stand outside his school holding up a sign that read "I was sent to school to get an education, not to be a BULLY. I was not raised THIS WAY!!!" <a href="http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21007137790589/suspended-student-holds-sign-outside-school/" target="_hplink">Read more</a>
Michael Bell Jr.'s parents forced him to wear a sign that read, ""I want to be a class clown, is it wrong?" after they were disappointed with his bad grades. The other side of the sign asked cars to "honk if they think three failing grades are bad." <a href="http://www.local10.com/news/Dad-makes-son-wear-sign-for-bad-grades/-/1717324/9274744/-/y8f5yjz/-/index.html" target="_hplink">Read more</a>
When 12-year-old Jose Gonzalez took $100 from his cousin's wallet, his dad made him stand on a street corner for five hours holding a sign that read, ""I am a thief. I took money from a family member." <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20270115/curbside-confessional#ixzz1sQRwpOay" target="_hplink"> Read more</a>
Mom Ronda Holder forced her 15-year-old son, James Mond III, to wear a sign around his neck that said: "I did four questions on my FCAT and said I wasn't going to do it...GPA 1.22...honk if I need education." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/20/tampa-bay-mom-ronda-holder_n_825447.html" target="_hplink"> Read more</a>