By: Isabella Carson
Every parent has their own way of dealing with their child when they misbehave. Some will punish them by grounding them. Others ignore the bad behavior. Then there are some like Columbus, Georgia mother Chiquita Hill who will take it to the extreme to try and scare their child. Hill said that her son has been acting up in class and when his teacher came to the house to talk about a particularly bad day she had enough. The teacher had told her that Sean was being extremely disrespectful to her in the classroom and it hadn’t been the first time. Hill decided that since her son didn’t seem to understand the seriousness of his attitude issues she was going to bring in the professionals. Hill called the police that day.
The officers showed up to her house and she explained the situation to them. Hill said that they were great and helped her son to understand the gravity of the situation. They even put him in handcuffs, placed him “under arrest”, put him in the back of the police car and let him sit for a few minutes. They then told his younger sister why he was in trouble so that she would understand how disrespect can come with serious consequences. The officers got into the car, turned the lights and sirens on, and then moved the car forward a little. After this they let Sean go back into the house after explaining to him that the path that he was heading down was not a good one and that he needed to be respectful of others. Hill states that ever since she called the police on her son he has been polite and has had a complete change in his behavior in class and at home.
There are some that argue that this is not an appropriate way to deal with a child’s bad behavior. They will see that the “arrest” was fake and think that it was all a joke and not take it seriously. Sean did but many others may not. Psychotherapist Amy Morin states that this is a very short-term solution to a bigger problem. It can also make the parents look bad because it looks like they cannot handle their own children. It sends a message to the kids that their parents don’t know how to handle them without assistance. Morin says instead of something drastic like this do something that will really impact them such as taking away everything electronic for a week or two or making them do community service. This will teach them responsibility as well as humility.