19. November 2005 · Comments Off on Condemned For Good Parenting · Categories: General, Home Front

This from Sean Murphy at AP:

EDMOND, Okla. — 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.”


While Henderson stood next to her daughter at the intersection, a passing motorist called police with a report of psychological abuse, and an Oklahoma City police officer took a report. Mother and daughter were asked to leave after about an hour, and no citation was issued. But the report was forwarded to the state Department of Human Services.

“There wasn’t any criminal act involved that the officer could see that would require any criminal investigation,” Master Sgt. Charles Phillips said. “DHS may follow up.”

My bet is that, despite the fact that Coretha’s attendance and performance have improved since this incident, if Oklahoma’s DHS people are anything like the jackbooted thugs we have here in California, this bit of creative and effective parenting will not go unpunished – even if it’s simply hassling Mrs. Henderson, and disrupting her family, with myriad hearings and “interventions”.

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