Cruel and Unusual Punishment?
To teach her truant 14-year-old a lesson, a mother in Oklahoma had her daughter stand on a busy Oklahoma City intersection, holding a sign that read, "I don't do my homework and I act up in school so my parents are preparing me for my future. Will work for food."
Many Oklahomans wrote letters of disapproval to the local newspaper editor and one motorist even reported the mother to the cops. In her defense, the mother said:
"This may not work. I'm not a professional," said Henderson, a 34-year-old mother of three. "But I felt I owed it to my child to at least try."
Good for her! Sure, Henderson's form of punishment is humiliating -- as all punishment is intended. But her method seems gentler -- not to mention funnier -- than hitting. Also, she should address her daughter's truancy, which by the way -- according to the mother -- has improved since her daughter's short stint with the sign.