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Friday 18 April 2014

School pupil parades bad grades on sandwich board as punishment

A FLORIDA parent has forced his son to stand on a street corner wearing a sandwich board showing his bad school grades, in an unusual form of punishment.

Michael Bell Jr, from Miami, came home with a report card which included failing grades in three of his subjects. He was also described by teachers as the "class clown".



His father Michael Sr looked on as his seventh grade son walked on the street corner with the sign that read: "Hey, I want to be a class clown. Is it wrong?"



On the back it read: "I'm in the 7th grade and got 3 F's. Blow your horn if there's something wrong with that."



Speaking to local media, Michael Jr said: "I got an F in most of my classes so as a punishment I'm supposed to stay here for the whole spring break [half term]."



He said that he wants to do better when he heads back to school after the holidays.



His father, on his discipline method said the punishment was a "last resort."



"I don't know any other war, I'm trying to reach him," he said. "If I don't do anything, he's going to be a statistic and I don't want him to be a statistic."

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