Video: Parents publicly shame teen girl with sign

Posted at 2:18 PM, Nov 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-23 14:19:17-05

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. (CNN/WESH) — Flagler County parents fed up with their daughter’s behavior allegedly forced her to hold a sign advertising what she did at a busy intersection.

According to a report by WESH, Flagler County teenager, Jasmine, stood on the corner of a very busy, very public street corner in Palm Coast holding a sign as punishment Wednesday.

“We’re trying to stop this before the courts have to do it themselves,” the girl’s father Mike said.

WESH 2 News is not revealing the family’s last name, but Mike and Melinda say the 15-year-old has been lying, drinking, sneaking out and overnight, she sneaked a boy in.

Jasmine’s sign reads, “I sneak boys in at 3 a.m. and disrespect my parents and grandparents.”

“This is all about love,” Mike said. “I took my day off of work. I missed out on $300 or $400 today to do this. You know what I mean, to come and do this. I love this kid.”

“I’ve taken all her toys or her electronics away; her phone, no privileges on the TV or computer,” Melinda said. “And she just laughs about it.”

Passing motorists seemed to approve of this tough love including honking and giving the thumbs up.

“They need to learn a lesson and that’s not abuse,” one passerby said. “She did something, she’s paying for it. You need consequences.”

One man actually stopped because he’s worried about the consequences of the lesson.

“I think there’s other ways of taking care of this,” he said. “The way she looks right now, I don’t want her to hurt herself.”

Jasmine doesn’t see the love in any of this, but did say her parents’ punishment has her rethinking things.

“The whole city has seen my face,” said Jasmine. “They’ve seen the sign.”

Jasmine’s parents said if this doesn’t work, they will consider something even more extreme, including shaving her head and making her stand in front of her high school with a sign.