“Smoked pot, got caught. Don’t I look cool? Not!” is the message around Brandon Mathison’s neck as he walked back and forth next to a busy intersection. The back of the sign read, “Learn from me, don’t do drugs.”
After being caught smoking marijuana with his friends this past weekend, Brandon’s mother, who says she never imagined her 13-year-old son being in such a situation, believed this was the best punishment.
“Timeout and taking things away from them just don’t seem to work anymore,” she said. “Sometimes, a little public humility is what they need nowadays to get a point across and if this works for him and maybe saves one or two other students from picking this stuff up, then I feel like I’ve done my job as a parent.”
Though this concept isn’t new as we recall several similar earlier instances of public humiliation as a means of punishment, Brandon’s mother is targeting an issue that HLN reports is affecting 17% of U.S. high school students: drinking, smoking and drug use during the school day.
“We, as parents, have to step it up; we have to protect our children and if this is what it takes, it’s what I’m going to do,” Mathison said.
BMWK, do you feel public humiliation should be a last resort or considered at all? What could these parents have done differently? Would you punish your child in public?