Tampa mom makes son wear sign announcing 1.22 GPA

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A Tampa mother is defending her decision to stick her teenage son on a street corner with a sign that says, among other things, “GPA 1.22 ... honk if I need education.”

Embarrassing: James Mond III was forced to stand on a street corner for four hours wearing a sign which advertised his academic failings. His mother insisted conventional punishments hadn't worked.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa mother is defending her decision to stick her teenage son on a street corner with a sign that says, among other things, “GPA 1.22 ... honk if I need education.”

Ronda Holder says she and the boy's father have tried everything to get their 15-year-old to shape up academically. They've offered help, asked to see homework, grounded, lectured him and confiscated his cell phone. James Mond III's indifference at a school meeting last week was the final straw. The next day, holder made the sign and made her son wear it for nearly four hours.

Experts criticized the move as humiliating and ineffective, and someone reported holder to the department of children and families.

Holder insists she's fighting for her child's education.
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  • by Trina Location: Illinois on Mar 5, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    i totally agreed with the first two comments. DHS is supposed to concentrate on children whom are being abused. or killed. why would anyone have a problem with the way Ms. Rhonda handled the situation, it shows that she cares about her son's education. and most importantly she don't want her son to be a satistic, (another young boy on the streets selling drugs or worse killed before he reached 21yrs old
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    i agree with both posting, why is it that when a parent is trying to be a parent to their child DHS wants to come in and say theressome kind of abuse just like Misty stated DHS should pay more attention to children whom are being abused. leave parents alone like Ms.Ronda who actually care about her child. heck!if she didn't her son would become another satistic. (another young boy on the streets selling drugs or inprisoned.
  • by You go girl Location: co on Feb 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    I think that the person who reported her must not have any problematic teens of their own.If mom tried every conventional way and the teen just didn't care she just had to make a point to her child. Heck if he was humiliated then maybe he'll shape up and finish school. Four hours of humiliation won't kill a kid.
  • by misty Location: grand junction on Feb 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    I think people should mind their own business. children today have more rights than the parent. If humiliating him works... its the parents job to steer them in the right direction not the school systems spare the rod spoil the child. We.have worthless,lazy children because we do.not discipline including spanking. They expect everything on a an a silver platter. DHS NEEDS.TO WORRY ABOUT CHILDREN WHO ARE BEING ABUSED AND KILLED NOT PARENTS WHO ARE.TRYING TO MAKE A CHILD INTO A PRODUCTIVE ADULT
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