Father's Public Shaming of Son for Bad Grades Is Completely Justified (VIDEO)

michael bell jr. and michael bell sr. punishment for bad gradesA typical punishment for bringing home some big fat Fs on a report card usually includes some form of being grounded. But it sounds like the Bell family has tried that already with their seventh grader Michael Bell, Jr., so Jr.'s dad, Michael Bell, Sr., came up with a unique "last resort" to turn his kid's grades and behavior around. After failing three classes -- civics, language arts, and math -- Bell, Sr. made Bell, Jr. stand out on a busy Miami street corner wearing a sandwich board sign that reads, "Hey, I want to be a class clown. Is that wrong?" on the front and "I'm in the 7th grade and got 3 F's. Blow your horn if there's something wrong with that." Ouch.

Definitely not your run-of-the-mill punishment, right? But did Dad here cross the line? No way!


For one, Sr. seems to have the absolute best intentions. He simply loves his son, wants what's best for him, and doesn't want to see him "be a statistic." Who could blame any parent for that? Furthermore, it's not like Jr.'s getting hurt by standing on the side of the road. He's been supervised the entire time by either his dad or his mom. All that the punishment seems to be causing Jr. is humiliation.

Sure, publicly shaming your kid is an extreme tactic -- one that I don't think really should be used unless it's an absolute last resort. I'm wondering if Sr. really tried everything ... counseling, tutoring, mentoring? Or if Jr.'s just not the kind of kid with whom those tactics would really resonate. It's unclear, but one thing is for sure: So far, it sounds like the punishment is working. Bell, Jr. said:

I don't like it, but I know it's my fault. I'm sorry that it had to get to this point. When I get back to school, I'm gonna do better.

I get the feeling he really means it. Here's a news report on the Bells ...

Do you agree with this kind of punishment?


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