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    *"I abused*& sold drugs"

    Knoxville father makes boy wear sign as punishment for using drugs

    "I would like to say that I'm not out here doing this to humiliate my son,' the dad said. "I'm doing this because*I love him. We do have an extreme drug problem in America, and maybe it's time for extreme measures that parents need to take to monitor this problem that we have."

    http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=6390423

    I lean towards agreeing to this punishment.

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    Now little Johnny knows who to go to to get hooked up.
    FUN... is a renewable resource!

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    I lean towards it too, Floh (though Glitch has a point!). This reminds me of an email one of my mommy friends sent to me the other day:

    A boy was standing on a street sidewalk carring a handmade poster that read:

    "Hi! I am 13-years-old. I STEAL!! I want to go to prison to be with Daddy."

    The boy's momma was sitting next to him on the sidewalk in a lawn chair, drinking a soda and giving him "the look."
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    I dont know... while I think it may make an impression, I think there are more effective, private ways to deal with this sort of behavior.

    This public humiliation could make him lash out in far worse ways. Some things, especially where children are concerned, can be handled delicately and privately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlitchWizard View Post
    Now little Johnny knows who to go to to get hooked up.

    Clearly he already knew who before the sandwich board, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsjonnob View Post
    I dont know... while I think it may make an impression, I think there are more effective, private ways to deal with this sort of behavior.

    This public humiliation could make him lash out in far worse ways. Some things, especially where children are concerned, can be handled delicately and privately.
    I think it does depend on the child - a child of a certain personality type would probably respond positively to this type of consequence. The boy in the story seemed to be chagrined, but not freaked out.

    I'd probably make my teenager go to an NA meeting everyday for 90 days...that would probably be way more torturous than what this boy had to do!
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsjonnob View Post
    I dont know... while I think it may make an impression, I think there are more effective, private ways to deal with this sort of behavior.

    This public humiliation could make him lash out in far worse ways. Some things, especially where children are concerned, can be handled delicately and privately.
    I agree that there are more effective, private ways to deal with this. I don't believe it is right to humiliate your child.

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    Children have a tendency to live up to the labels we give them. God only knows what happens when we make them wear an actual sign in public!

    I realize parents are frustrated, but even setting aside how the boy feels, this punishment may well be counterproductive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maral View Post
    I agree that there are more effective, private ways to deal with this. I don't believe it is right to humiliate your child.

    I agree. I think rehab would have been the better option.

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    SouthCityMom, that is a really, really great idea. And Nova is right on.


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    I agree, whatever it takes, just do it! After raising two boys and trying different things, guess one has to do what they think is best.. I used to attempt communication with other kids parents (works best if the kids know all involved are talking, harder to hide things) anyway it was amazing to me how many parents turned a blind eye to what their kids were doing.. oh well jmo.. Thank God, my kids have passed teen-agers now and seem to be on the right track in life..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Children have a tendency to live up to the labels we give them. God only knows what happens when we make them wear an actual sign in public!

    I realize parents are frustrated, but even setting aside how the boy feels, this punishment may well be counterproductive.
    I have never much been into humiliation as a form of help.

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    I agree, JBean but it takes ALOT to humilate some of these teen-agers now days, especially if their dealing drugs. Rehab doesn't work if they aren't wanting it, just a place for them to hang out for awhile as well as meet other "drug dealers."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maral View Post
    I agree that there are more effective, private ways to deal with this. I don't believe it is right to humiliate your child.
    I agree. Classmates, neighbors, and teachers would see and could even be dangerous to the child in the future maybe drawing the attention of ****s and cause the kid to be blamed for theft or drugs found on other kids in the future. Public displays of this sort could even draw the attention of pedophiles in the neighborhood to the child. I thought this sort of thing was always considered wrong, like public floggings, A's on the forehead, veils over faces, etc.

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    As a former drug addict, I have to admit that this would have gave me yet another person to look to when I was hunting drugs...and if this child was an addict I seriously doubt that it embarrased/humiliated him at all. I can say that from experience.

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