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article imageTeen Made to Hold "I Steal..." Sign After Suspension

By wiccania     Oct 3, 2007 in Lifestyle
When Stacia Worthington (14) was suspended from school for 3 days for stealing $500, she didn't get to rest on her laurels and watch TV all 3 days. One of those days was spent holding a sign that read "I steal in school, not study."
"She got three days suspension. The first day was kind of easy for her, the second day she went out to the landfill and did some recycling for her county, and today she's going to learn humility," said Desiree Worthington.
According to, Stacia spent Tuesday morning outside the gas station in Silverthorne where her mother works, holding the sign.
Stacia was given breaks to come inside and warm up, and her mother provided her with muffins and hot chocolate.
Onlookers had different opinions about Desiree's decision.
"There's other forms of punishment I think without humiliating the girl in front of the entire Summit County. I think it's disgusting," one said.
Silverthorne resident Bruce Miller says he thinks the punishment fit the crime.
"She's probably not having any fun, but you know, it's a lesson she probably needs and congratulations to her parents for helping her out here," he said.
Personally, I'm all for this. When a person's child does something like steal, the parent is humiliated. Grounding the child might work for some, but humiliation is more effective for others, and maybe the child will learn a little something about owning up and taking responsibility for their actions.
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