ESSENCE Poll: Is Public Shaming An Acceptable Way To Punish Your Kids?

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A mother sent her daughter to school wearing a T-shirt displaying her dismal grades. Do you think this an effective form of punishment?

More and more often, we're reading about parents putting their children on (social) blast. Take, for example, the father who, after catching his 10-year-old daughter posing online as an 18-year-old, sent her to school dressed as a kindergartener. Or take the man who gave his son an "old man" haircut after finding out that the 12-year-old was misbehaving in school.

Most recently, we read about a Florida woman who sent her middle school-aged daughter to school in a homemade T-shirt broadcasting the girl's less-than-stellar grades.

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"I currently have all F's in all of my classes. I am not aloud [sic] to have a boyfriend no time soon. So back off before I get another good woopin like I got last night," the mother wrote in black Sharpie.

The message continued on the back of the shirt: "I now know the importance of my education. I will learn. I will listen to my teachers and be respectful, at all times."

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After the girl showed up at school in the T-shirt and with multiple bruises, police arrested the mother. 

Woopin' aside, do you think that the T-shirt will affect the girl's performance in school? Take our poll and let us know if you would ever use social humiliation to punish your child.

QUESTION:
Is public humiliation an effective form of punishment?
Yes
32%
No
68%
Total votes: 348

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