A Florida boy learned a lesson the hard way by standing on a corner wearing a hand-lettered sign as punishment for bullying.
The boy’s father, Michael Yager, said, “I figured I would teach him a lesson that would embarrass him and make him feel the that the way kids feel.”
Michael said he was outraged after learning his son, Jacob, bullied multiple classmates at New Smyrna Beach Middle School.
Michael wanted to teach his 13-year-old a lesson with an unorthodox approach.
“I wrote the sign, ‘I’m a bully. Honk if you hate bullies,’” said Michael.
He drove his son to State Route 442 and parked him on a busy corner – making his son hold the sign high.
Jacob said he was embarrassed and kind of nervous.
It didn’t take long for people to start honking.
Some even stopped to talk to the father and son.
Michael said, “I had Edgewater Police stop by, I had Volusia County Sheriffs. I had a good response from the neighborhood.”
Michael did acknowledge that not everyone agrees with his parenting.
“I had one woman come up and call me every name in the book,” he said. “In my mind, I was doing the right thing, but I guess you cannot please everybody.”
A recent staggering statistic shows one out of every five students report being bullied.
Jacob said he learned a valuable lesson.
(This story was originally published on April 30, 2018)