While I admit it’s a deterrent…

Don’t handcuff your children to desks and make them read the bible. The handcuffs are punishment enough.

A mother in Berrien Springs, Michigan tried that after her 16 year old son got arrested for shoplifting.

As punishment, his mother confined him to a 6-foot by 4-foot room with only a Bible and told him to think about what he’d done.

Roughly two weeks ago, when the teen’s mother found out he’d somehow gotten an MP3 player, he was then handcuffed to a chair in his room from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Meals were brought to him. At bedtime, the teen was handcuffed to a desk leg.

The mother provided the teen with bottled water and a bell to ring if he needed to go to the bathroom. He was only allowed outside to shovel snow.

The teen told police he was supposed to be spending several months in his room, but “couldn’t take it anymore” and devised a way to call 911.

The case is being investigated. The boy and his nine year old sister have been moved to foster care for the time being.

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