After a single mother in Casper, Wyoming, learned that her 14-year-old daughter had skipped class every day for a week, she decided to teach the girl a lesson.
Jeannie Crutchfield, 34, is a single parent and a cashier at a convenience store who typically works hours during the day.
However, she happened to have some time off during school hours, which she decided to put to good use by showing up at the school of her 14-year-old daughter, Ricki.
Crutchfield proceeded to use her cell phone’s video camera to tape Ricki as she walked around the school; the mother then confronted her daughter and asked her what she was doing.
“When was I ditching, Mom?” Ricki can be heard asking in the video.
“Every day this week,” her mother replies. “And I can show you.”
Crutchfield then goes on to deliver quite the news to her teenage daughter.
“So guess what I’m doing, Ricki? We’re going to hold hands and we’re going to go to class together,” Crutchfield tells her.
The mother went on to post the three-minute video on Facebook, which she accompanied with a brief description explaining that “This is what happens when my daughter Rickilee Durrant can’t act right at school…enjoy parents."
The video was posted to Facebook on Friday.
Crutchfield noted that reaction to the video has been predominantly positive, “from kids and parents alike, even teachers.”
Even Ricki has had a positive reaction to the video; as she told ABC affiliate KTWO, “It just goes to show that my mom cares.”
Crutchfield told ABC News that her daughter’s attitude has changed drastically since the video was posted: her attendance at school has been steady.
“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,” Crutchfield said.
For Crutchfield, the ultimate affirmation of the video’s effectiveness might well be that her daughter “says she will never skip school ever.”