Jose Lagares, a Texas dad, said bullying is a form of public humiliation. So when he found out his son was guilty of bullying, he turned the tables and gave the boy a dose of his own medicine, according to KCEN-TV.
The fourth grade student stood at a busy intersection in Killeen holding a sign last week that said "I am a bully. Honk if you hate bullies."
This fourth grader was made by his father to hold this sign near a busy intersection as punishment for bullying a fellow classmate. (Image source: KCEN-TV video screenshot)
"Bullying is also a form of public humiliation. Maybe he understands that when he humiliates someone publicly that doesn't feel good," Lagares told KCEN. "Hopefully he'll take that with him so the next time he tries to bully someone he'll think about it twice."
In a separate article, Lagares said he tried other punishments with his son to stop the bullying, but it wasn't effective. This public punishment, he said, seems to have had an affect.
"It was just the final straw, and it seemed to work," Lagares said, noting that his son apologized to the bullying victim of his own accord when returning to school the next day.
Although Lagares said most people seemed to support his idea, he saw some criticism as well.
In response, the father headed back out to the same intersection on Wednesday without his son holding a different sign. It read: "I'm not sorry. Honk to stop bullying."
Jose Lagares returned to the intersection later by himself holding this sign after some criticized his previous punishment, calling him a lazy parent. (Image source: KCEN-TV video screenshot)
"I refuse to allow my child to be somebody else's pain. Ya know, we don't need another Columbine, and we don't need another Solomon Harris. Ya know, we don't need that to happen, and I refuse for my child to be the cause of that," Lagares said later in his interview with KCEN.
Watch KCEN's report about the public punishment: