I saw this on the morning news this morning and can’t really understand why people do things like this. Then they called it “bullying.” He stole something is what he did. I don’t call that bullying, I call it stealing but that’s beside the point. Both are bad, I’m not denying that and I do feel this boy should be punished, BUT…like this???
I have seen other posts about things like this. “Mom sells Pokemon cards on eBay,” “Mom sells teens car,” “Dad sells PS2 to highest bidder.” These things are/were done as a punishment for the child for breaking the rules. While I’m all for punishing, why the public need for it? Why do people do things like this for the world to see? To me, I would be humiliated to be on the morning national news. Would that bother you?
This is the thing. When I misbehaved as a child, I had to stand in the corner. This was in my own home and the only people who could see me was my brother or one of my parents. Whoever put me there. Did it humiliate me, YES, did I do the same thing again the next day, YES. Why, because I was a kid and kids do things like that. Kids break the rules on occasion and while I did punish my kids and I was punished, I did it in my own home. I didn’t call the news to tell them so I could be on TV.
I also feel the severity of the action may deserve a different approach. But I feel any kind of humiliation, is very harmful for a child. To be made fun of? The brunt of late night comedians? To be on the national news? I feel that does way more harm that good. I know there is a lot of flack about spanking but I’ll tell you, I would rather have had a swat across my butt than to have been made to stand in that corner so I can’t imagine being made to stand on a street corner ringing a bell.
I may be wrong. I may be from the old thought that you keep private things private. What do you think?