Mom makes 8-year-old hold 'bully' sign as punishment

Sept. 5, 2013 at 3:28 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma City woman says she made her 8-year-old son stand outside holding a sign calling himself a "bully" after he started a fight at school.

Janie Peterson said she came up with the punishment Wednesday after receiving a call from the school principal saying her son, Malachi, was being suspended for three days for fighting with another boy, KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City, reported Thursday.

"Me and a boy were fighting over a girl," Malachi said. "Whoever won the fight, they got to be the girl's boyfriend."

Peterson had her son stand at the corner of a busy intersection Wednesday evening with a sign reading, "I picked a fight because I'm a bully!"

"Malachi never actually put a hand on the other boy, but he was the instigator. He told the boy let's fight," Janie Peterson said. "He's 8-years-old. First off, there's no reason for him to be all about a girl right now, and second off, assault is assault whether you're eight or 88. I'm not going to put up with it."

Peterson said reactions to the punishment have been positive, with many praising her "good parenting."

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