On Monday, in Waldorf, Maryland, 12-year-old Kenny Burks was forced to carry around a sign that said he was â€śhomelessâ€ť as punishment (video below).
Over the weekend, Burks was supposed to check in with his parents by 8:30 p.m., but the boyâ€™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: â€śHomeless, Wonâ€™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.
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His father Kevin Burks told NBC4: â€śI 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, youâ€™ll sit outside and be your own adult.â€ť
Neighbors complained to police that the punishment was cruel and unusual, but police officers who arrived on the scene supported the fatherâ€™s parenting skills.