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Don't Do the Crime if You Can't Wear the Sign

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Wearing a symbol of your crime on your chest for all to see is at least as old a punishment as Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, and this old school-style discipline is making a comeback.

Yesterday in Long Beach and Signal Hill, a 16-year-old high schooler was made to stand on the street bearing a sign that said: "I am a juvenile delinquent who should be punished. I have wasted your tax money with dumb acts of vandalism in the public schools."

Why? Because "Dennis Baltimore Jr. was caught vandalizing school property at Long Beach's Wilson Classical High School," reports the Daily Breeze. His sentence was handed down by his father, who was on the receiving end of the phone call Monday morning informing him that his son had been busted for tagging school property with a made-up gang name--a crime that came with an $875 price tag. Having seen a recent news story about a parent in another state making their kid wear a sign, Baltimore Sr. went right for the posterboard and markers.