March 21, 2012 by admncc
Take a look at these two pictures. Now…if I were driving down the street and saw a kid standing there with that sign, I would probably ask myself, “Good parents or a good judge?”
Meet 12-year-old Trezahn Blaha of Elyria, OH. Blaha recently admitted to stealing a telephone, bracelet and mouthpiece from the local mall. As a result, and to teach him a lesson, his uncle made him stand on the street corner with a sign reading, “I like to steal and have no respect for my mother or authority!”
Blaha, who has been arrested several times, was also suspended from school a few days ago. According to this article, Blaha’s uncle, Ricardo Pamplin, said, “Since the law claims that we cannot, what they call, discipline them on three strikes, I figure why not embarrass them? I think if more parents stood in line and disciplined their children with either embarrassment or either a good old fashioned a – whooping, this community would be a better, and safer place and the jails wouldn’t be so packed.” Blaha now says he made the “made a wrong choice” by stealing. And his uncle thinks the unique punishment may keep him from doing it again. You can read the entire story here.
I think this story creates a fascinating conversation about disciplining your child verses what, if anything, is too extreme. I mean, if you were this kid’s parent, what do you do if he wouldn’t listen, stole, got arrested, was suspended or something else? And would you ever consider public humiliation as a possible solution? I once had a boss who said, “If they don’t respond, embarrass them!” Maybe he’s right. What do you think?