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

A mother sent her daughter to school wearing a T-shirt displaying her dismal grades. Do you think this an effective form of punishment?
ESSENCE Poll: Is Public Shaming An Acceptable Way To Punish Your Kids?
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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.

“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.”

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.

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