On Monday, in Waldorf, Maryland, 12-year-old Kenny Burks was forced to carry around a sign that said he was “homeless” as punishment (video below).

Over the weekend, Burks was supposed to check in with his parents by 8:30 p.m., but the boy’s father said a friend called around 9 p.m. to say the 12-year-old wanted to have a sleepover. The father told his son to come home immediately.

As punishment for missing his curfew, Kenny was forced to parade up and down the street carrying a sign that read: “Homeless, Won’t Listen to Parents."

The boy was on the street from about 9:15 a.m. until about 5 p.m., with breaks every two hours that included breakfast and lunch.

His father Kevin Burks told NBC4: “I pay for his clothes, his shoes, the roof over his head, his safety and everything he has. My thing is if you want to be your own adult, you’ll sit outside and be your own adult.”

Neighbors complained to police that the punishment was cruel and unusual, but police officers who arrived on the scene supported the father’s parenting skills.