Quandria Bryant was forced to walk the roadside along the busy Highway 17 in New Bern, North Carolina, with the sign. Her friends leaving school on buses and on foot saw her parading with the sign on Thursday.
Her father, Donnell Bryant, said his daughter was always getting into trouble at New Bern High School and that he was worried she was growing into a "mean girl." Her father said: "She acts like it’s all about her. At the end of the day, it’s not."
reports her father lost patience with her when she was suspended from school for disrespecting her teachers. Donnell decided to discipline his daughter by making a show of her in public. He took Quandria to Highway 17, just across from her school and made her carry two signs.
The first sign read: "I have a bad attitude. I disrespect people who try to help me."
The second sign read: "I do what I want, when I want, how I want it."
Quandria was deeply embarrassed by the treatment, and according to ABC News
, she used the sign to cover her face as she walked along the roadside. But people would not let her get away so easily. Many stood and gawked, others snapped pictures of her with the sign and some stopped to talk to her. A passer-by Christine Baker, said: "If more parents did this, then kids would learn respect."
Although Daily Mail
described the father's behavior as setting standard of "cruel and unusual" parenting, ABC News
reports Donnell Bryant said he used the same method against Quandria's older brother and it helped to save him from growing into a "mean boy."
Donnell said: "Instead of embarrassing the teacher, she’s the one embarrassed."
Quandria declined comment to the WCTI12
reporter, but Daily Mail
reports that Quandria promised to make amends after her ordeal.