Parents all have different ways of disciplining their children. Some of them spank their kids or use a wooden paddle, others give them timeouts, and some send their kids out into the desert without food or water. Now news has come forward that two New Mexico parents have started punishing their 16-year-old son by forcing him to live in a tent in the yard. Like a homeless vagabond, they wanted him to suffer without his electronic devices or the comforts of home. Although their punishment is unusual, the neighbors thought it was cruel. And that’s why they called the police to come investigate.
After the police arrived, Jacob and Angela Boggus agreed that they were forced to punish their teen this way. They simply had no other option that would make the kid understand that there are consequences to his actions.
“We’re not doing anything wrong here,” Angela told local news KRQE. “We’re simply trying to teach our child a lesson.”
Jacob agreed with his wife. They had orchestrated the unusual punishment as a team.
“If he doesn’t learn that now, it’s gonna be the whole world’s problem, not just ours, in a couple of years,” Jacob added, reminding people that eventually their misbehaving son is going to be one of the entitled people out there demanding government benefits while misbehaving.
The couple admitted that their son is a criminal. He repeatedly stole from them and they had tried a lot of other interventions to get him to stop stealing. In the end, they knew that exile to the backyard was the best way to teach the boy a lesson.
“Or we let him run all over and then he’s in your backyard taking stuff,” Jacob threatened.
The parents don’t want their son’s thieving ways to escalate to the point where he gets arrested and marked a criminal for the rest of his life. They’re trying tough-love discipline.
Although he now lives in a tent, they feed him and allow him to use the bathroom in the house. And the boy is also allowed to sleep in the house. At 9pm at night, he can enter and turn in for the night.
“We are trying to do the best that we can,” Angela said, through tears.
But neighbors thought the strange punishment constituted child abuse. They decided to call the police instead of talking to the Bogguses about it.
“It’s an awful thing to do to a human being,” one nosy neighbor said.
Meanwhile, the police support the unusual punishment and see nothing wrong with it.
“It’s not like he’s been banished out to the mesa a hundred miles away from civilization,” Deputy Gary Hall, chief of the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department, said.
Instead of forcing the parents do punish their bad boy differently, they support the tent. They have taken no action against the Bogguses.
Although the neighbors seem to be snowflakes around the punishment, people online share their support for the unusual punishment.
“At least they’re taking some responsibility for teaching their child right from wrong,” one person wrote on Facebook.
“Sounds just like what many families across America already do: bring a disgruntled teen along on the yearly family camping trip, minus the book reports.”
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