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Dad comes up with a unique punishment for his teenage son after learning he had been bullying students at school.

When Florida dad, Michael Yager, found out his 13-year-old son, Jacob, had been bullying his classmates, he came up with a solution, which would “embarrass him and make him feel the way that the kids (he bullies) feel”, CNN reported.

Mr Yager made Jacob wear a sign on a busy street corner, shares Yahoo 7.

“I’m a bully. Honk if you hate bullies,” the sign read.

The father said people started honking at his son and even applauded him for the punishment, but not everyone agreed with it.

“I had one woman come up and call me every name in the book,” Mr Yager said.

Jacob said he had learned his lesson though.

“You never know what someone can be going through,” the teenager said.

“If you want to be the bully and if you have something inside you to tell someone go to a guidance counsellor or something.”

Earlier this year we shared how a father  punished his son by making him walk to school after finding out he was bullying people on the school bus. Read more here.

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  • Having the bully experience something similar, yet in the right environment with loving and supportive parents, may just turn around his future behaviour.

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  • I think this was a great idea. Instead of punishing him where he wouldn’t learn the problem, by doing it this way his son knows how the bullied person would feel. High five to this Dad.

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  • Hooray for the Dad. If more parents of bullies did something about their child’s behaviour bullying other students instead of defending them (saying that their child would never do that).
    it sounds like that this boy has learned his lesson. (one can only hope).

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  • I think this is a great idea- at least this parent is actually doing something. However, afterwards I would sit down with the child and ask what it is that is making him want to bully others.

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  • Its not how I’d go about it. If his son is already a bully I’d be worried that this kind of punishment would just inspire the kid to go back to school and take out his frustration and humiliation on his victims.

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  • interesting. I’m not sure how I would handle it if my child was a bully?? I would be totally devastated.

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  • Personally I don’t think this way of teaching your kids not to bully is very helpful or tackles the root of the problem.

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  • At least he’s dealing with it rather than blaming other kids.

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  • Another form of bullying to teach how not to bully?

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  • What a punishment. I really don’t like it!!


    • I agree – shame teaches very little. Teaching the right behaviour is the way to learn and to then act.

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