Without a doubt, it is a parent's job to teach a child right from wrong. And when your kid simply refuses to grasp the rules, it's your job to punish him or her, right? Most people would say yes, though some are taking issue with the unconventional way a set of parents from Belen, New Mexico have decided to go about punishing their 16-year-old son.
It seems that Jacob and Angela Boggus' son, Adam, had been acting up and getting poor grades at school. But it wasn't until he started taking things from his family members--his sister's iPod; another sister's tablet--that his parents tried taking away his electronics, restricting him to his room, and taking him to counseling, all with no results.
That's when they chose a far stricter punishment that has raised more than a few eyebrows: They banished him to a tent in the backyard.
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"I am just trying to teach my son a lesson,'' Jacob Boggus told TODAY. "You cannot take from anybody without their permission for any reason."
Though he's allowed back inside to sleep at night, eat meals, and use the bathroom, Adam has been spending his days in hot temps in the tent since May 23. His banishment will end once he's read five books and written reports about them for his mom.
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Neighbors have complained to police, but the Bogguses checked with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department to ensure they weren't breaking any laws.
As for Adam? He says he loves his parents and he knows they love him, and that they're just trying to teach him a lesson. Sounds to us like he might finally be getting a grip on following the rules--what do you think?
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