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At 6 p.m. on September 26, people driving on Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa were slowing down to see a small, cute girl, about ten years old, holding a big yellow sign that declared her to be “bad.” She looked embarrassed as she tried to hide herself behind the sign. It was clear to see that the girl’s punishment was humiliation.

Her mother said that after school, her daughter, named Landon, was ordered to stand on the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Maryland Avenue with a sign that declared that she had lied to her teacher and made her mother sad enough to cry.

Landon was situated in front of a popular restaurant, the Lake Murray Café, which is also close to Maryland Avenue Elementary School, which the girl attends.

Landon's mom (left) and friends

As the mother sat on the curb with her two friends, she was holding her other child on her lap. As pedestrians walked by, a few commented about the originality of the punishment. The mother stated that everyone would know if Landon was good next week: if she was not standing on the corner, she had been a good girl.

Her mother stated that Landon had been “bad” for three weeks and nothing else had worked.

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shirleyberan Sept. 28, 2013 @ 1:45 p.m.

Makes me wonder who misbehaves more. The girl or the mom.


Visduh Sept. 28, 2013 @ 4:13 p.m.

Was that headline intentional or Freudian? As in "mea" is part of the Latin term "mea culpa", which means "I am guilty."

I'm surprised that someone hasn't declared the mother to have engaged in child abuse. Why, this could scar the child for life.

Just make note that the sign doesn't have the word "bad" on it. It says she misbehaved, lied and caused her mother to shed tears. "Bad" came when Mom was quoted.


garedawg Sept. 28, 2013 @ 11:21 p.m.

Good for the mother! This kid will have a big advantage compared to those kids whose parents let them get away with everything.


Mercy Baron Sept. 29, 2013 @ 9:37 a.m.

You can still discipline your child without humiliating them. This mother needs to take some parenting classes, I mean really!!


anniej Sept. 29, 2013 @ 5:59 p.m.

You know many come to various websites and complain about the state of affairs with our youth today - mugging, killings, rape, and burglary just to mention a few.

Here we have a parent who is attempting to instill the importance of honesty and respect and what I read are several indictments of the mothers parenting.

Having helped raise 10 kids - his, mine, ours, and others there were certainly times I was pushed to the edge wondering how do make him/her understand the importance of good choices.

While I have no doubt that Landon is a perfectly wonderful young lady I also have no doubt that her mother is a good person - a mother attempting to do what she thought best.

Can we give mom a break?


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