US mother makes son wear dunce sign
Published 21/02/2011 | 14:52
A mother in the US is defending her decision to put her teenage son on a street corner in Florida with a sign that says, among other things, "GPA 1.22 ... honk if I need education."
Ronda Holder, of Tampa Bay, said she and the boy's father have tried everything to get their 15-year-old to shape up academically after his grade point average (GPA) - which is measured between one and four - was particularly low.
They've offered help, asked to see homework, grounded him, lectured him and confiscated his mobile phone.
James Mond's indifference at a school meeting last week was the final straw, she said, and the next day she made the sign and got him to wear it for nearly four hours.
Experts criticised the move as humiliating and ineffective, and someone reported Ms Holder to the Department of Children and Families.
Ms Holder insists she is fighting for her child's education.