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Mom has police ‘arrest’ misbehaving 10-year-old son

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A Georgia mother got some help from police in hopes of "scaring him straight."

Chiquita Hill said her son Sean was being disrespectful to his 5th grade teacher at school and refused to do his work.

After a few weeks of this behavior, Hill said she called police for some parenting help.

According to WTVM, officers agreed to help. Police showed up at the Hill family's door, put the boy in handcuffs, put him in the back of a squad car and flashed the lights.

Hill said she didn’t know what they said to him, but when they were done, he ran out of the car, gave her a hug and apologized.

She then shared the story on Facebook where some hailed her for the move, and others criticized the "scare tactic."

Officers at the Columbus Police Department told WTVM some parents contact juvenile services if they are concerned about their child’s behavior.

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28 comments

  • The Decider

    People have criticized her for doing this? What more can people want? This parent was likely at her wits end. From what we know she didn’t beat him, she obviously didn’t kill him. She reached out to available resources and is doing what she can to try and steer her child in the right direction. Great idea. I also stand behind the pissed off Baltimore mom. Kids these days run around like their in charge because of these parents that believe in babying them and how easily they can call CPS on their parents. I believe in a good old school bum whipping when deserved.

    • denise

      You got that right. Kids need a good whopping every now and then depending on the severity of their actions.

  • The World is Ending

    The ones that said contact juvenal services… (Sarcastic) “good idea” take him to Juvenal detention where he can associate with real criminals and learn stuff like selling drugs, robing gas stations, etc. rather than simply having the Sh** scared out of him.

  • tired worker

    A mother who loves her son. Parents say they love their children but then let them do what ever they want and then condone it by saying they a free spirits they are just expressing themselves, That is bull crap. You are teaching your children to disrespect others and are not teaching them values they can use in the real world. That’s not love, that’s being lazy, indifferent or plain just not caring because that is how you were raised. Tough love is hard, a lot harder than ignoring them.

  • Cindy Russell

    Not everyone can fit into the “cookie cutter” ideas of today’s liberal minds. Sometimes you have to do what’s best for your own little family unit. If that includes reaching out to police to let an out-of-control kid hear some hard facts about where he/she is headed if they don’t straighten up, then so be it. The kid wasn’t damaged. He’ll live and probably grow up to be a truly good kid.

      • SEAMom

        So, do you even have kids? I was the twenty something in the grocery store listening to some kids scream, thinking, “I would never let that fly with my kids!”. Until you’re in the grocery store with your own kids. Maybe you’re perfect and your kids would never do wrong…. However, I can say that we have a two parent household, nice neighborhood, good schools, strong family unit and this has definitely crossed my mind. At least she did something to make an impact on that little boy. Sometimes you have to do the unconventional to change the oath you’re on.

    • Tattooed_Angel

      The mother was doing what was best for her child. Better to contact the police now and have him scared straight versus the police actually having to arrest him and him being a criminal when he gets older.

      On another note, just because the child is out of control doesn’t mean the parent(s) doesn’t teach their child. I raise my children to have manners, be respectful, have good morals their whole lives. I stay on my children to do well in school and excel in life. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have problems. My son just turned 15, fell in with the wrong crowd his first year of high school, and got off track. It has been a battle to get my respectful, loving son back from the dark side.

      If you are going to criticize parents, save it for those who don’t give a shht about their children. Obviously this mother does because she did something to correct her child! There is NOTHING outrageous about that.

  • Joe

    I don’t agree with this, not because I don’t believe in disciplining children, because I do, but because of the mixed messages that this can have. I was a police officer for a long time and many parents asked for me as well as other policemen to “scare their kids straight”. The problem with this is, is that it later can make children fearful to go to the police when they need help and or it can make the children see the police as a bad person, which we do not need any more of this.

    • Tattooed_Angel

      In my opinion, the best way for police to “scare a kid straight” is to be tough on them, break them down to show them that their path and behaviors are unacceptable, and what will happen if they continue down the wrong path. Then you build them up. Show them kindness, explain to them how good prevails over evil, and direct them back to the right path.

      Works in military basic training (prior Air Force). Works for kids too although the teen years is somewhat of a hit or miss. Works for some but not all.

    • Good for the mom

      Actually, a parent can later explain to their child that they shouldn’t fear the police, that they can be trusted to help them when needed. I used the same scare tactic for my son. The mother in this case did what she needed to do before her son got too far out of hand. I hate it when they say children are out of control because that isn’t true. The problem is, the kids are the ones who ARE in control and the parents have none because disciplining your child is considered as child abuse.

  • clyde

    You better whip his A$$ and raise you son, you see how quick and BAD that cop sh!t can go. Be careful what you ask for. Don’t you watch the news and see what these COPS are doing and getting away with it.

  • Lee Hamilton

    You say people should leave it to professionals but yes people with money should leave it up to professionals.But us poor people cant afford to get pro help. She was just doing a good job with the resources she had.I was raised when parents had the upper-hand on children’s outcome. I may be old fashioned but yes punishment should be allowed back in school. Do you realize the games we loved as kids are now banned from schools. Come on Tag are you frickin serious. Kids ever since the seventies banning of hack paddle usage have gone down the tubes and suspending them from school DOES NOT DO ANYTHING. But give them reasons to act out when they dont feel like going to school in the first place. Bring back in school suspension, bring back having to write a 500 word essay on your actions. Or in Bart’s case writing sentences on the chalk board.Kids these days Know they can get away with shit they start learning it in grade school by picking the wrong friends to hang around with and start picking up there friends behaviors.

  • Felix from Germany

    There’s a strange wave of welcoming and defending parental misconduct when it comes to a boy being mistreated by his mother. Last time the world laughed at the young protester being physically attacked by his mother for joining the protest (imagine if a father did that, especially if to his daughter). Imagine being put into handcuffs at such an innocent age, betrayed by his own mother and photographed for public humility (including in tears and without scrambling the face in the photo.). No doubt he misbehaved because I cannot imagine how a parent so cruel could be capable of raising her child. Disgusting!

    • Good for the mom

      Parental misconduct? How about the child’s misconduct? Too many times I’ve seen parents reward misbehaving children by giving them hugs instead of a swat on the butt because the kids is having a fit after mom told him no about something, and so he starts hitting, kicking her and telling her he hates her and that’s when he was two years old. He’s older now, but he knows mom won’t punish him or his siblings when they misbehave. Maybe more parents should show tough love towards their children instead of being their kids best friends and then maybe those children will learn to respect not only their parents, but teachers and other people of authority.

  • Dan Crocker

    I did plenty of those during my career. They weren’t called interventions then but that was what they were. Parents were at the end of their ropes and were looking for a solution.

    I always told the parents that my job was to create trust with kids and not make them scared of me. Having said that, my intervention usually involved a tour of our city jail – complete with the sounds of iron doors clanging shut and keys being turned in locks.

    Depending on age, I told them they were gamblers; not with money, but with their freedom. The kids were told that their parents were my very good friends of mine and that if they called me because their kid was acting up again, I would not be very nice the next time I showed up at their door.

    This was all done in a calm, low key voice. No shouting or yelling – because I knew when you shout at a kid a wall goes up and communication (and learning) stops. I also knew that the earlier you can get to a kid who is acting up, the better. They are like little balls of clay that can be shaped and formed to either succeed, or fail.

    The city I worked in was small enough that I was able to follow up over the years to see if my lessons took hold. Almost all did.