When South Florida sixth-grader Erol Faustin swore at a teacher, he received a three-day suspension from school.
But his mother, Lisette Lopez, didn't feel that was enough to teach Erol a lesson. So, she came up with her own idea: each day he was off, Erol had to stand outside school at the beginning and the end of the day holding a sign with an apology on it.
Lopez says she's not trying to punish her son, just teach him a valuable lesson.
"This isn't for a punishment," she told a local news station. "It's for him to understand that I tried everything I could and if this is what it takes, this is what it takes."
Erol was suspended from James S. Rickards Middle School for telling his teacher "I don't give a f***, b****" after she asked him to remove his backpack.
The sign he held reads, in part, "I disrespected a teacher. I would like to apologize not only to that teacher but to all adults."
"He's not a bad kid," Lopez said. "He plays around in class, like all kids do, but he has to know that when you're in school you're there to learn, you're not there to play."
Maybe the best part of the Associated Press video at the top of the post is his classmates' responses. They sound like adults:
"I completely agree with what's going on," one boy says. "If your son is going to disrespect a teacher, I believe the only way you're going to get him to learn from his mistake is doing something that he won't forget."
And another classmate stands up for Erol in a pretty parental-sounding way: "Erol's a good kid, and sometimes he does bad mistakes. Well, everyone makes mistakes."
What do you think? Is this an effective way to help a young person learn from a mistake? Or is it too harsh to make a kid apologize in public this way? Let us know in the poll below.
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