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Thursday, November 17, 2005

How do you feel about this?

Mom Makes Teen Stand on Street With Sign
Tasha Henderson got tired of her 14-year-old daughter's poor grades, her chronic lateness to class and her talking back to her teachers, so she decided to teach the girl a lesson.

She made Coretha stand at a busy Oklahoma City intersection Nov. 4 with a cardboard sign that read: "I don't do my homework and I act up in school, so my parents are preparing me for my future. Will work for food."

"This may not work. I'm not a professional," said Henderson, a 34-year-old mother of three. "But I felt I owed it to my child to at least try."

In fact, Henderson has seen a turnaround in her daughter's behavior in the past week and a half. But the punishment prompted letters and calls to talk radio from people either praising the woman or blasting her for publicly humiliating her daughter.

"The parents of that girl need more education than she does if they can't see that the worst scenario in this case is to kill their daughter psychologically," Suzanne Ball said in a letter to The Oklahoman.
Some people feel very strongly that Tasha abused her daughter, Coretha, by making her stand on a street corner with a sign. Others feel that what she did was imaginative and a good idea.

I think one of the greatest challenges that parents face is to wake children up to the world around them. I hope that Coretha will begin to understand that school is not a place to hang out (or avoid), but is in fact a ladder. The higher you climb the greater your choices will be.


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