Bad Parents Forced to Wear Humiliating Signs in Public (PHOTOS)

stefanie 50 shadesI kind of expected that whole trend of publicly humiliating teens as a form of punishment to go away, but nope: Just days ago a mom in South Carolina forced her 13-year-old son to walk along a busy road wearing a sign saying, "Smoked pot, got caught! Don't I look cool? Not!"

Seems the Sign of Shame has become as accepted a disciplinary measure as the time-honored time-out (other notable examples, just in case you missed them, include a different 13-year-old's "I steal from my family" sandwich board and a 14-year-old's considerably more serious nametag confessional, "I lie. I steal. I sell drugs. I don't follow the law.").

Yikes. I'm not sure if these signs actually have positive long-term (or even short-term) behavior modification results or if I'd ever even consider branding my kid in this fashion, but I am pretty sure about one thing ... if teens could turn the tables on parents, we'd all be walking around looking like these majorly guilty moms and dads ...

Images via Jacqueline Burt

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nonmember avatar Christie

These are cute!! Still HATE the slideshows though....please get rid of them!

Mousuke Mousuke

These are dumb and not funny.

Ember... Emberbaby

You need more clicks so you do SLIDESHOWS. It's annoying.

-Stra... -Strawberry-

LOL this article was great. Also- I don't give a fuck about the slideshows. :D

Jennifer Gennaro

I did this somewhat also.  My 12 yr old daughter stumbled onto  my FB page and saw that I wrote the word "damn."  She confronted me (my FB is very tame) and said if she was ever caught saying a bad word that she'd get her mouth washed out with soap.  Since I was caught, so should I.  I thought about it and agreed with her.  I took my consequence and ate soap.  Tasted horrible but my daughter learned that if you do something wrong, you should take your punishment.  And I did. LOL.

nonmember avatar Bad mom

These are both hilarious and the slides rule, who cares about clicking slides!? Lazy readers

nonmember avatar Rachel

You're awesome, Jennifer Gennaro! I doubt there are many parents that would do the same. Bravo! :)

Ría Kerlow

Wow. I'm confused. You hate that parents are doing this to their kids, and yet posting pictures of parents MOCKING how 'bad' it is? I was expecting some serious confessions. "I lied to my daughter." "I drank too much when I was pregnant." "I forgot about my son's recital." You know, something horribly wrong that we've done as parents. Really quite sick of this website. Disappointed every time I come to it, it seems.

Laure... LaurenDootson

I think the signs are a great form of punishment.  It seems that teens get things taken away from them and they just find a way to get it back or use a friend's and the punishments just don't work.  I think that if a kid has to tell numerous people, even if they are strangers, that they got caught doing something they weren't supposed to do (especially if it is illegal and/or can be harmful to their health) that they'll think twice the next time they are in that situation.  

Jesicalyn Mary Potter

maybe my sence of humors off today, but honestly these don't look like bad parents at all. They seem pretty darn good.

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