A Miami-area middle school student found out the hard way that it is not kosher to come home with unacceptable grades. Seventh grader Michael Bell, Jr. was sent out to stand on busy North Kendall Drive sporting a sandwich board sign telling passersby that he is failing three classes — civics, language arts and math.
On the front of the sign read, "Hey, I want to be a class clown. Is it wrong?" The back read, "I'm in the 7th grade and got 3 F's. Blow your horn if there's something wrong with that." As his father, Michael Bell, Sr. stood out on the road, he told Local10 that the punishment was the last resort to teach his son a lesson, saying, "If I don't do nothing, he's gonna be a statistic. And I don't want him to be a statistic."
Bell is not the first kid to be put on the sandwich board walk of shame, and surely he's not to be the last. Was this controversial discipline practice a healthy wake up call to do better in life and in school? Or was this a simple act of public humiliation by a parent?