Worried about their 13-year-old daughter's increasingly
disrespectful behavior, Gentry and Renee Nickell (pictured
above) of Crestview, Florida, decided to make her punishment
humiliating and public. So the teen spent 90 minutes
standing at a busy intersection with a hand-written sign
describing her sins. It 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."
Passing motorists saw the teen, who was
standing with her dad at the corner of Ferdon Boulevard and U.S.
Highway 90 in Crestview, and snapped pictures of her with their
cell phones. Some of the photos ended up on Facebook,
where they were shared within the Crestview community.
Someone called the police, who showed up to talk to the teen and
left after deciding that she was "aware of her punishment and
she was not in any harm," Crestview police records show.
Now, however, the parents are feeling a little public
humiliation of their own.
“I wasn’t even thinking about what the public was going to
think,” her mom, Renee Nickell said. “I was thinking about our
daughter. It was for her to be in the public and recognize
what she had done wrong."
Renee Nickell told the Northwest Florida Daily News that the
family has had a hard time since Renee's brother was killed in
Afghanistan in December 2011. Her kids were close to him
and his family, she explained, even taking vacations together.
Since losing her uncle, Renee's 13-year-old has become more
defiant at home and at school, and her grades have dropped.
"We just felt like she just kind of gave up," Renee said.
"We just got to the point where we just didn't know what else to
But the Nickells were surprised to find out
that their daughter's punishment had gone viral, and were
shocked by the anger leveled at them for their parenting
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