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Mom puts son on Tampa street corner to tell of poor grades (1.22 GPA)
St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 18, 2011 | Robbyn Mitchell

Posted on 02/21/2011 9:52:37 AM PST by inflorida

TAMPA — Head hanging low, he stood near an East Tampa street corner for nearly four hours Wednesday afternoon.

James Mond III, 15, wore a sign around his neck with a message:

"I did 4 questions on my FCAT and said I wasn't going to do it … GPA 1.22 … honk if I need (an) education."

People honked. Lots of people.

This was his mother's idea. Ronda Holder, 33, a Tampa hair stylist, said she wanted James to realize the importance of an education, afraid he will otherwise wind up on the street.

"I don't want any of my kids to stand by the side of the road asking for change," said Holder, the niece of a former Tampa police chief.

By Thursday, her plan had a life of its own. A local TV crew turned James' punishment into evening news. Franklin Middle School enrolled the teen in after-school tutoring. The Department of Children and Families came to Holder's home to interview James.

DCF spokesman Terry Field said the punishment might legally be considered bizarre, a form of maltreatment.

Experts cautioned that the punishment was extreme and likely ineffective.

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: gpa; sign

1 posted on 02/21/2011 9:52:46 AM PST by inflorida
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To: inflorida

This is just so wrong. What’s the matter with this mother. I mean, get with the times. She should video the kid and put it on youtube.


2 posted on 02/21/2011 9:55:43 AM PST by Krankor (And he's oh, so good, And he's oh, so fine, And he's oh, so healthy, In his body and his mind)
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To: inflorida

Well for one she might also want to send him to a barber and change that hair style, his grades might improve if he could see out of both eyes...

But cudos to his mum for taking a stand, depends on the kids I guess if this will work for him or not, but most times if the ‘experts’ are against it, then its probably the going to work.


3 posted on 02/21/2011 9:57:02 AM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: inflorida

Probably didn’t want to get a reputation in school of ‘acting white’. If you aren’t familiar with ‘acting white’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting_white

It can get you hurt in some schools.


4 posted on 02/21/2011 9:57:01 AM PST by PAR35
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To: Krankor

THAT’s the NEXT step....bravo to the Mom....actions have consequences


5 posted on 02/21/2011 9:57:31 AM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: inflorida

More PC protection of kids. They tell the parents to take responsibility for their kids education,grades, etc. So, they do, then they are paid a visit by child protective agency. Funny, they can visit this Mom while other children being abused, havinng been reported, go left unchecked...then they find them dead.

I applaud this Mom:) Need more parents like her out there....


6 posted on 02/21/2011 9:58:05 AM PST by Engedi
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To: Krankor

[Experts cautioned that the punishment was extreme and likely ineffective.]

Oh, I bet it was very effective. A lesson never forgotten.


7 posted on 02/21/2011 9:58:23 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: inflorida

Experts cautioned that the punishment was extreme and likely ineffective.

Are these the same experts that took away dodgeball and made us give everyone a trophy regardless of who wins?(so no one has to feel bad or actually learn lessons they need later in life)

In my opinion THEY have done the most damage. Kudos to this Mom!


8 posted on 02/21/2011 9:58:27 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: inflorida
DCF spokesman Terry Field said the punishment might legally be considered bizarre, a form of maltreatment. Experts cautioned that the punishment was extreme and likely ineffective.

I would think the prospect of having to do this again (or wondering what Mom comes up with next) would make it highly effective. The woman cares enough to deliver tough love and the state's liberal gestapo descends on her like Moochelle on braised ancho-chile ribs.
9 posted on 02/21/2011 10:00:00 AM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: inflorida
I love the way she explains her decision:

"This is one child who won't be lost to the streets."

10 posted on 02/21/2011 10:02:11 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: battousai

I believe the lad is sporting the new “lion’s mane” hairstyle- a very popular look among urban youth.


11 posted on 02/21/2011 10:02:40 AM PST by Krankor (And he's oh, so good, And he's oh, so fine, And he's oh, so healthy, In his body and his mind)
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To: inflorida

No athletics for him.


12 posted on 02/21/2011 10:04:50 AM PST by onedoug
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To: inflorida

This woman is nuts. I pity her.


13 posted on 02/21/2011 10:05:26 AM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline, please contact the board administrator.)
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To: inflorida; Krankor; goodnesswins

This kid has probably been trapped in crappy government schools since kindergarten. He would have been better off sitting in a public library and reading every day for all those years. His teachers may be as ignorant and unmotivated as he is.

(I definitely agree about the hair cut!)


14 posted on 02/21/2011 10:05:50 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: inflorida

1.22 GPA? Must have misspelled his name during tests.


15 posted on 02/21/2011 10:06:18 AM PST by mewykwistmas ("If the Egyptians are hungry, let them eat ethanol")
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To: inflorida

While I fully support what the mom did, I suspect that with a 1.2 GPA his intelligence level is far too low to allow him to do any catching up. His reading level is probably around 4th or 5th grade level........for the kid’s sake I hope I’m wrong and he’s just lazy.


16 posted on 02/21/2011 10:10:49 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Krankor
At least mom and dad are trying to do something. They have five other successful kids, ant this one was OK till halfway through the seventh grade, so he can do the work.

The two huge problems these parents have to defeat are the publik skewls, and the CPS criminals.

More power to 'em.

17 posted on 02/21/2011 10:13:14 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: inflorida
DCF spokesman Terry Field said the punishment might legally be considered bizarre, a form of maltreatment..."It definitely would fall within the category of emotional abuse. It's shame, embarrassment and humiliation. This will be a lifelong memory for him," said Arlinda Amos, a licensed clinical psychologist and ombudsman for the Hillsborough Children's Board.

Gee, a mother insists her child perform in school and she will probably end up facing child abuse charges.

18 posted on 02/21/2011 10:17:19 AM PST by McLynnan
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To: Navy Patriot

She won’t get any support from the gangsta community and their state employed lackies. They was hopin to get more workas in the drug biness. Obama called for change yo.


19 posted on 02/21/2011 10:27:13 AM PST by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: McLynnan

Bring back the public stockades.

Tough love takes on self-esteem.

Guilt and shame make great moral mirrors.


20 posted on 02/21/2011 10:29:24 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: inflorida
While this punishment appeals to me, 15 is too late to start parenting.
21 posted on 02/21/2011 10:34:00 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a blessing to live in the Ozarks.)
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To: LostInBayport

I applaud this mom. The experts might consider that mom and dad are experts of the limitations faced by people who do not finish highschool.


22 posted on 02/21/2011 10:43:52 AM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: fungoking
While this punishment appeals to me, 15 is too late to start parenting.

I don't think his parents waited until he was 15 to start parenting. From the article, it sounds like he had been doing well until a fairly recent attitude change on his part.

People might wonder if James has a learning disability. He has never been tested, his mother said. Until the middle of seventh grade, his grades were fine.

23 posted on 02/21/2011 10:58:22 AM PST by Bob
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To: Bob

Still, his GPA is 1.22 HIGHER THAN OBAMA!


24 posted on 02/21/2011 11:06:38 AM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: inflorida

The mother’s a hairstylist too. I’ll bet she styled her son’s hair to save money on hoodies. Lady’s brilliant. ;-)


25 posted on 02/21/2011 11:09:56 AM PST by LibWhacker
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