How not to handle your son getting a bad grade in school.

It’s a problem all parents have faced, with the possible exception of my in-laws as their daughter (my wife) was preternaturally good at doing her schoolwork, sooner or later your kid comes home with a bad grade.

Now if you’re a good parent you try to find some way to motivate your kid to do better. If there’s something in their life that seems to be getting in the way of their schoolwork then you might limit access to it or deny it until things improve. What you don’t do is somthing like this:

WARM SRPINGS, Ga. — Police have arrested a Georgia woman who they say forced her son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for earning a bad grade.

Meriwether County sheriff Steve Whitlock told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday night that the 12-year-old boy told his teacher about the killing. The teacher reported it to the Division of Family and Child Services, who contacted police.

The pet’s death allegedly took place at the family’s Warm Springs home.

Whitlock said 38-year-old Lynn Middlebrooks Geter faces one charge each of animal cruelty, child cruelty and battery.

Yeah, you’re probably never going to get a “World’s Greatest Mom” mug with that approach. Mental trauma really isn’t a great motivator to do well in school.

10 thoughts on “How not to handle your son getting a bad grade in school.

  1. Wow. That is some jacked up parenting. And I thought I was such a bad mom for taking away the Xbox privileges earlier this week…

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  3. …you know, as a Korean-American college student, I totally expected that lady to be Asian-American (Believe me, folks, it’s a stereotype for a REASON).

    I’m rather surprised.

  4. I hope they take time to finger print and maybe do some DNA testing on her. She sounds like the makings for a serial killer.

  5. What’s even more sickening is that in the comment section to the original article, there are a bunch of people who just can’t see what’s so wrong with forcing a child to kill his pet. The standard excuse is “It’s just an animal, you should know the difference between humans and animals!” Completely ignoring the fact that it was a child’s pet. I wonder how many of those people own dogs or cats, and how they would feel if someone handed them a garotte and told them that they had to have Buddy’s head on a platter by Noon.

  6. If it was killed to be put on a platter I wouldn’t care. I’ve got just enough rural cousins to have stories of people with “pets” destined for the dinner table in my repertoire. Killing something to eat isn’t nearly as inexplicable as killing something for grades.

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