'Disrespectful' N.C. teen forced to carry sign as punishment

5:33 AM, Apr 30, 2012   |    comments
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A North Carolina ninth-grader who was allegedly getting into trouble at school was handed possibly the worst punishment a teen could ever face: public shaming.

Quandria Bryant's father, Donnell, made her walk up and down busy Highway 17 in New Bern carrying a large sign that read on one side: "I have a bad attitude I disrespet [sic] people who try to help me." The other side read: "I do what I want, when I want, how I want it."

Donnell Bryant told ABC News affiliate WCTI12 that 15-year-old Quandria had become a "mean girl" in high school, and had been suspended for being disrespectful to her teachers.

"She acts like it's all about her," he said. "At really the end of the day, it's not."

Her friends who were leaving school on buses or on foot were able to take in the spectacle on Thursday.

"Instead of embarrassing the teacher, she's the one embarrassed," her father said.

As she walked along the side of the road, Quandria held the sign high to conceal her face, while passing motorist and pedestrians slowed to gawk. The girl declined comment to the WCTI reporter, but has reportedly decided to change her ways.

By Suzan Clarke

ABC

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