Recently, a Florida father came up with a creative way to punish his son for earning bad grades: he made him tell the world.

After his son brought home a report card with three F’s, Michael Bell Sr. made his seventh grader, Michael Bell Jr., stand on a busy street corner in Miami holding a sign about his dismal report card.

The front of the sign read, “Hey, I want to be a class clown. Is it wrong?” while the back read, “I’m in the 7th grade and got 3 F’s. Blow your horn if there’s something wrong with that.”

Bell told a local news affiliate that he had to take action to save his son.

“If I don’t do nothing, he’s gonna be a statistic. And I don’t want him to be a statistic,” the concerned father said.

Although he was forced to spend his spring break making a fool out of himself, Michael Jr. said he understood why his father made him do it.

“I don’t like it, but I know that it’s my fault,” the teen said. Apparently, he also learned his lesson. He told Local 10, “I’m sorry that it had to get to this point. When I get back to school, I’m gonna do better.”

Score one for the parents!

Did your parents ever come up with creative consequences when you messed up? 

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  • I cannot blame the father that is his way of disciplining his child.
    I just give my comment and suggestions, being a parent and this is proven effective.

    Parents are part to be blamed on child’s failure in the class. It is the duty of the parents to follow-up child’s daily assignments and also meet the teacher-adviser and asks child’s development in the class. Parents should attend Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meetings and be active in school programs and activities where their expertise are needed.
    To the child, give him incentives or rewards to whatever he wishes to own that is affordable if he passes or he gets good grades or it might be if he is the best in the class. Fulfill the promise and always give time to your child. If parents are busy, practice Time Management.

  • Brandon

    What is it with parents and their needs to discipline their kids by making them wear signs for everyone to see? Why make them scarred for life? That just makes matters worse, not why help your child by telling him or her what is the problem. Really, parents, I know everyone has problems, but must you scar your kids for life? Really.