Should Parents Be Allowed To Humiliate Kids In Public?

We have witnessed public humiliation being used by the courts as recently as last week when a judge sentenced a woman to hold up a sign proclaiming that she was an “idiot” for driving on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.

Image: Screen capture from Yahoo! News

For the record, the woman was sentenced to hold up that sign for an hour, on two consecutive days during the morning time when most school buses and parents driving their kids to school would be passing that area. She also had her license suspended for a month and was hit with a $350 fine.

But, TheBlaze is wondering if parents should be allowed to discipline unruly kids by embarrassing them in public?

It happened this week in Palm Coast, FL where one set of frustrated parents (Mike & Melinda) forced Jasmine, their teen daughter, to stand on a busy street corner with a sign declaring:

‘I sneak boys in at 3am and disrespect my parents and grandparents.’

According to the 15-year-old’s mother and step-father, Jasmine was out of control and would not conform to their rules. And they claim to have tried to punish their daughter by removing the typical trappings of teenagers. Mom Melinda explained:

“I’ve taken all her toys or her electronics away – her phone, no privileges on the TV or computer – and still she just laughs about it.”

After the latest violation, sneaking a boy into the house after the rest of the family was asleep, stepdad Mike took drastic measures.

Image: Screen capture from WESH video

The video report from WESH TV in Florida tells the story.

Many drivers honked in support of the parents and others actually stopped to express concern for the young girl. How do you feel about this kind of punishment? Take our latest Blaze poll (and feel free to submit your own questions on the topic).

Is humiliation acceptable punishment?