A Fort Wayne mother drags her son along for her 15 minutes of fame:
An Indiana mom caused a stir on a street corner when she forced her teenage son to stand there wearing a sign that read, "I lie, I steal, I sell drugs, I don't follow the law."
Dynesha Lax said she was tired of dealing with her 14-year-old son breaking the law and getting into trouble. After he had a recent run-in with the police, she came up with an unusual punishment.
"I decided he broke the law and they only gave him a few hours community service," she said, "So I decided that we were going to wear a sign that says you looking for attention, we're going to get you attention."
My first reaction was, "Does this kind of stuff even work anymore?" Public humiliation could be effective when it brought on a good bout of shame, but how many people actually feel shame these days?
My second reaction was surprise that the kid even put up with it. "I lie, I steal, I sell drugs, I don't follow the lie" is not usually another way to say "I love you, Mom, and I'll do whatever you tell me."