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Joplin mom uses public humiliation to teach her teens a lesson

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A Joplin, Missouri mother turns to using public humiliation as a way to teach her teenagers there are consequences for their actions.

On Thursday Stacy Daniels made her 13 and 15 year old sons create bright signs listing their wrongdoings - drinking beer and stealing it from the refrigerator - in large type for everyone to see, then made them hold the signs in public on a busy intersection along Range Line Road.

"I wanted to teach them a lesson and the best way I could come up without wanting to beat them is to have them hold a sign," Stacy says.  "They're very good boys and I do not want them to turn out bad."

"This is kind of embarrassing and I guess that's what is going to make it," says her son Jordan Daniels.  "I don't think I'm going to get in trouble any more.  Her punishments are kind of weird and I guess crazy.  If this gets me out of trouble, I think this will be better to do.  It's just like one thing and done with over with.  I think that's better."

While the boys say the punishment is humiliating, their mother says humility can be a good thing.

"Luckily, this is an easy consequence," Stacy says.  "Had they stolen, let's say from Walmart, or went and got drunk and were caught by the officers, their punishment would have been a lot more fierce than holding a sign on the street."

People sitting in their cars at the stop light gave Stacy thumbs up signs, taking pictures and congratulating her or the punishment.

"I'm sure we'll have some people that think I'm being a little too hard, but I like the OK's," says Stacy

"I think it's a good way to teach kids a lesson," says motorist Sara Davis.  "Tough love sucks sometimes, but sometimes it gets the job done."

"To have a mom to actually care enough to do it, if it works, good for Mom," says motorist JJ Spurlin.

Stacy says she think the punishment will be successful.

Both boys tell us they've learned their lesson and don't plan on getting in trouble with their mother.

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