A Florida student who got three F's on his recent report is being forced by his parents to stand at a busy intersection wearing a sandwich board for the week of his spring break.
Michael Bell is failing civics, language arts and math, according to his pre-break report card.
His teachers also told Michael's parents that he is too much of a class clown.
His father, Michael Bell, Sr., told Miami's WSVN-TV he doesn't know how else to get through to his son.
"I'm trying to reach him and he don't wanna be reached," Bell said. "This is my last resort."
The front of the sign reads, "Hey, I want to be the class clown. Is that wrong?" The back reads, "I'm in the 7th grade and I got three F's for the semester. Is anything wrong with that? Blow your horn if you don't think so. Thank you!!!"
So while his friends are hanging out and relaxing, Michael is turning heads at a busy intersection in southwest Miami. (His parents are there, too, to keep him safe, and provide food and water, WSVN reported.)
"I'm sorry that it had to get to this point and when I get back to school I'm going to do better," Michael said.
"If I don't do nothing, he's going to be a statistic," Bell said.
Do you think Michael's punishment is an effective one? Why or why not? What do you think is the best way to encourage children to do better in school? Share your tips and comments in the field below.
Is Michael's punishment an effective one?
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