A Florida teen will hold on to this lesson for quite some time.
The girl, who was not identified, was seemingly forced to stand on the median of a busy intersection holding a sign that read “I lied. I humiliated my mother and myself.”
The teen could be seen standing with her mother at Veterans Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral on Saturday.
It was not clear exactly what she had done to prompt the placard. Her stepfather told KJCT the girl had lied numerous times to her mother and thought she was a “better person” following the punishment.
The girl and her mom were there for several hours, witnesses said.
Paul Mullen, public information officer for the city’s police department, said the mom didn’t commit any crime with the public shaming.
“If parents wanted to make her endure a punishment…they’re well within their rights,” Mullen told the Daily News.
He noted that the intersection was “very busy.”
“Probably one of our biggest,” he added. “But as long as she was on the sidewalk, staying safe, it wouldn’t be a crime.”
Yet many residents took issue with the incident.
“That’s pretty drastic. The action she took to try to force some kind of correction on her, and I doubt it has an effect, might shove her the other way you know,” witness Randy Miller told CBS Miami. “You don’t place them in a dangerous spot like that in order to get some satisfaction out of what they did to you.”
Ashley Atty, who also spotted the teen and posted about it on Facebook, told the outlet, “It is a very busy intersection and I don’t think it’s safe for people to stand around.”
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