Crestview couple defends daughter’s punishment (LETTER)

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“We just got to the point where we just didn’t know what else to do,” said Renee Nickell, pictured here with husband Gentry and the sign their daughter held Saturday at the intersection of State Road 85 and U.S. Highway 90 in Crestview. The couple came up with the punishment because their daughter had become increasingly disrespectful at home and school and as a result her grades were suffering, they said.

DEVON RAVINE / Daily News
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 01:20 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A couple who disciplined their 13-year-old daughter by having her stand at a busy intersection with a sign suggested that critics “walk a mile in someone’s shoes” before rushing to judge them.

Gentry and Renee Nickell were shocked to learn that motorists’ photos of their daughter had gone viral on Facebook.

The girl held the sign for 90 minutes Saturday at the intersection of Ferdon Boulevard and U.S. Highway 90 in Crestview. It read: “I’m a Self-entitled teenager w/no Respect for authority. I’m also super smart, yet I have 3 ‘D’s’ because I DON’T CARE.”

“We got to the point where we just didn’t know what else to do,” said her mother, who got the idea from a Christian counselor several years ago.

Read a statement from the family.

The Nickells, who have two younger children, said they have had a difficult year since Renee’s brother was killed in Afghanistan in December 2011. The two families were very close and vacationed together every year.

While everyone has struggled with his death, their daughter reacted by becoming increasingly disrespectful at home and at school. By fall, her lack of respect was affecting her grades as well as her home life.



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