Tampa mom makes son wear sign announcing 1.22 GPA

Mother criticized for unorthodox disciplinary action, says nothing else improved grades


Associated Press
February 21, 2011 6:26PM (UTC)

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.

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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.

Information from: St. Petersburg Times, http://tampabay.com


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