Tough Love


Crime doesn’t pay and in one case it’s downright embarrassing.

During his spring break from his Denver school 12-year-old Joseph Gonzalez was forced to stand on a street corner holding a sign. It read “I am a thief, I took money from a family member, don’t give me money.” Gonzalez was forced to hold the sign for ten hours after his dad discovered that he had taken $100 from a cousin’s wallet.

And along with the public display of embarrassment his father also made him go to his school and tell administrators and campus police what he had done. When asked if he thought the punishment was to extreme his dad said no. He says everyone makes mistakes when they are around his son’s age and it’s all about being corrected so you won’t do it again.

Joseph agrees; he says he thought holding the sign was fair. He says he was mad but the embarrassment over having people see him on the corner taught him a lesson he won’t forget. And if he does; I’m sure there’s plenty of witnesses to remind him.