The father of a 12-year-old Denver boy imposed a rather unorthodox punishment upon his son in an attempt to deter him from stealing, according to Yahoo News.
When Joseph Gonzalez became aware that his son Jose had stolen $100 from his cousin's wallet, rather than grounding him, he instead forced his son to stand on a downtown street corner holding a sign that reads, "I am a thief. I took money from a family member. Don't give me money," according to the Denver Post.
"He's a good kid," Gonzalez told the Denver Post's Electa Draper. "This is the first time he's done something like this. I hope it will be the last."
Some may argue that Jose's punishment is too extreme, as he has never had a run-in with the law previously, and is now required to hold the sign for up to 10 hours in a single day.
But, I commend a father's attempt to save his son from what he believes could be a potential life of crime if the situation is not addressed promptly and effectively.
Accordingly, as long as his father places Jose on a safe street corner and not in harm's way I see nothing wrong with his old-school approach to punishing his son.
Florida psychologist James Huysman believes that the punishment was too much. "The taking-responsibility part is cool, but the rest of this is not cool," he told the Post. "This is about shame. In the old days, we used to just shame people, hang signs around their necks in public." Jose is too young to learn a lesson from the punishment, Huysman added.
"I think it's, like, fair," Jose said. "I was kind of mad but sad at the same time because I thought I was gonna be embarrassed a lot, " he added.
Joseph Gonzalez discounted the possibility that his son's public punishment may have an emotional impact upon his son. "Nah, he's only 12 years old," he said. "Everybody makes mistakes at that time in their life. It's about being corrected."
Nowadays we scrutinize every single little issue to the nth degree. Although our sensitivity towards others is commendable, sometimes cases can be blown out of proportion as a result.
I think that this is one of those instances where Jose Gonzalez and his son should just be let alone.
What do you think?
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