When caught skipping class or school, most teenagers would be prepared to face being grounded, having their phone or computer confiscated or doing chores.
But one US mother decided to get a little more creative.
When Jeannie Crutchfield learnt that her 14-year-old daughter had been skipping class she to teach her a lesson she would never forget.
She went to her daughter’s school, in Casper Wyoming, to confront her about her behaviour.
In a confrontation that she filmed on camera, Jeannie announces to her daughter Rickie that they will be attending school together.
“So guess what I’m doing, Ricki? We’re going to go to class and we’re going to hold hands and sit together. Isn’t that great? Mommy and daughter going to class together. Isn’t it great?” Jeannie can be heard saying on the video.
Stunned to see her mother at her school the teenager quickly denies she skipped school.
But Jeannie doesn’t give up following her daughter into the school. When Ricki refuses to respond to her mothers questions Jeannie responds:
‘What’s wrong? You don’t want everyone to know why I’m here? You thought it was cute to ditch with your friends… Now let’s see how cute you think is to hang out with mom during class.’
Finally, after her mother starts confronting other fellow students about her daughter’s behaviour, Ricki gives in. “My mother’s crazy” later turned into “It just goes to show that my mom cares.”
Filming the ‘public humiliation’ through Ricki’s school hallways and into her classes, Crutchfield decided to make sure the message would get through to her daughter.
So she took it one step further and uploaded the video to the social media site Facebook, sharing the video with all of Ricki’s friends. The video has been viewed 32,000 times.
But more importantly the working mother of three says her daughter’s behaviour and attendance have since improved immensely.
As a single mom, I learned that I have to do double the work. I learned to improvise when it comes to my parenting,’
‘Her attitude has changed. She was asked [by a friend] if she wanted to ditch school yesterday, and she told the person no. The thought of mom following her again wasn’t appealing.’
As for Crutchfield’s other two children, they found the video very amusing but they will definitely think twice before skipping school.
‘As far as my youngest, she says she will never skip school ever,’ Crutchfield said.
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