Daily Archives: 29 March 2012

12-Year-Old Gets Very Public Punishment

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So this boy steals $100 from his cousin. His punishment is to hold a sign that says “I am a thief. I took money from a family member.” He’ll do this for about 15 hours. A psychologist James Huysman said that this isn’t cool:

“This is about shame. In the old days, we used to just shame people, hang signs around their necks in public.”

And? Maybe I’m old school, but he did something wrong and that he should be ashamed of. If he feels the embarrassment from this very real punishment, hopefully he won’t even think about doing it again. I think kids get away with way too much today. But – I’m not a parent. Is this too harsh?

What do you think?