What to Read Next

Mom forces 11-year-old daughter to carry apology sign for twerking

Shereen Dindar
Shine On
September 11, 2013

When California mother Frances Hena discovered that her 11-year-old daughter had been twerking at a school dance, she resorted to a public form of punishment — and one that is becoming increasingly popular among parents.

“I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at a school dance,” read the sign Jamie Hena was forced to hold for two hours at a busy intersection in the city of Bakersfield this past Monday.

Recently popularized by pop singer Miley Cyrus' infamous performance at last month's MTV Video Music Awards, twerking is a provocative dance move that involves thrusting the hips in a sexual manner.

Hena is upset by the school's lack of intervention when her daughter started twerking at a recent dance, which she heard about through a friend.

“I haven’t heard anything from the school still, and it’s just ridiculous to think that’s okay at a school dance,” she tells ABC. “I’m also not sure my daughter realizes how seriously I take this.”

The somewhat extreme parenting trend towards public shaming as a form of punishment has been gaining popularity as of late.

Last year, a 12-year-old Florida boy was forced to hold a sign that apologized for disrespecting and cursing at a school teacher for three days. He appeared genuinely remorseful of his actions while holding the sign outside his school with tears in his eyes.

Then in March, a 13-year-old Florida girl, whose parents described as having behaviour problems, was made to hold a sign on a street corner that read: "I’m a self-entitled teenager w/no respect for authority. I’m also super smart, yet I have 3 'D’s' because I DON’T CARE." The girl later hugged her father and said she was sorry.

And this summer, two Indianapolis brothers were made to hold a sign declaring their sins after stealing a $50 gift card from their mother to buy ice cream.

What are your thoughts on public humiliation as a parenting strategy? Do you think it's effective or over-the-top? Tell us in the comments below!

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

Stop Paying Too Much For Your Prescriptions.

Drug prices vary wildly between pharmacies. GoodRx finds the lowest prices and discounts. Compare prices, print free coupons & save up to 80%.

How to Create a Social Support Strategy

Meet your customers where they are. Read this e-book from Desk.com to learn six things to consider as you plan your social support strategy.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Buying Medigap Plan F? Read This First

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

Delta Reserve Credit Card

Earn Up To 40,000 Medallion Qualification Miles. Apply Now!

"I spent 35 years as a cop and I love this."

Tech experts call it “better, smarter home security.” Cops use it in stings to catch criminals. Meet SimpliSafe.

Take to the Hills in Britain

Wild moorland, Roman ruins, medieval forests and lofty mountains. Britain’s landscapes are the stuff of adventure stories: get out there and explore.

I HATE Annuities…and So Should You!

If you have a $500,000 portfolio, uncover the truth about annuities by reading “Annuity Insights” from Forbes columnist Ken Fisher’s firm.

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.

What Are You Wade-ing For?

On average, GEICO saves new customers $500 when they switch! Get your free quote today and see how much you could save.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Shop Boutique Finds Up to 70% Off Here!

Discover the site millions of women visit everyday!