This kid got suspended from school for the second time for swearing. In an attempt to teach him a lesson his guardians made him stand on a busy street corner holding a sign explaining that the had been suspended from school for cursing. He stood out for two hours in the morning and two in the evening. While this may seem extreme to some (the homeschooling set for sure), I think it's a great way to teach a young man about how to be through shame and embarassment.
See it used to be that swearing made others scorn you. Swearing is now so prevalent in our society that people swear in almost any situation. The other night I took my class to the Cafe du Monde and I heard 5 f-bombs in their normal conversation.
I used to swear heavily. I have toned it down some since I got married, and even more so now that I am a parent. I swore because I worked in the fast food industry for 10 years and everyone around me swore. I swore because I chose to. My parents never made me stand on a street corner, but I have embarassed myself because of swearing on numerous occasions. My grandma chewed-me-a-new-one about 10 years ago because I said I was "pissed" in her presence. Nothing worse than your grandma chewing you out and knowing that she is right.
Vulgarity is indeed a crutch for the inarticulate. Coarse language does have its place sometimes. When I was a single and oh-so-sexually-frustrated young man I found that a good f-bomb among Mormons was a great way to make your point.
Now those who know me well will think me a hypocrite for saying that swearing should be avoided. My friend Tim Boisvert, A Great American, rightly blames me for influencing him to swear when we were roommates. I still swear on occasion, but I know it's wrong and am willing to pay the consequences for swearing. I do not attempt to explain it away.
Shame and embarrasment are great teaching tools. This kid hopefully learned his lesson.
What's sad is when good parenting makes the news. It should be the norm.