Palm Coast, FL — A 15-year-old was forced to stand by the side of a busy road holding a sign that accused her of disrespecting her family.
The teen, named Jasmine, had a number of behavioral problems, and her parents decided they had enough when she let a boy into the house in the middle of the night.
The parents then forced the girl to stand outside their home with a sign advertising her bad behavior. The sign read, “Jasmine I sneak boys in at 3 am and disrespect my parents and grandparents.” The word “disrespect” was highlighted in white.
The girl’s mother and stepfather — whose last name has been withheld — said the teen began acting up when she started high school this fall.
The stepfather, Mike, said, “We’re trying to stop this before the courts have to do it themselves.”
Jasmine’s mother, Melinda, said she has been lying, drinking, and sneaking out overnight.
Mike said, “This is all about love. I took my day off of work. I missed out on $300 or $400 today to do this. You know what I mean, to come and do this. I love this kid.”
Melinda said she had taken away “all her toys and electronics.”
“Her phone, no privileges on the TV or computer and still she just laughs about it,” she said.
Some motorists approved of the sign and honked and gave the thumbs up as they passed by.
“They need to learn a lesson and that’s not abuse,” said one passerby. “She did something, she’s paying for it. You need consequences.”
One man, however, stopped because he was worried about the consequences of the lesson.
“I think there’s other ways of taking care of this,” he said. “The way she looks right now, I don’t want her to hurt herself.”
Jasmine was understandably upset about her punishment.
“The whole city has seen my face,” she said. “They’ve seen the sign.”
The teen said she sees no love in the punishment, but is rethinking her behavior.
Mike and Melinda said if this doesn’t work, they will consider more extreme punishment such as shaving her head and making her stand in front of her school with a sign.
Do you agree with the parents’ punishment, or are they taking “tough love” too far?