Crestview couple defends daughter’s punishment (LETTER)

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 01:20 PM.

“We just felt like she just kind of gave up,” Renee said.

They tried grounding her, which didn’t work, but didn’t want to restrict her numerous church activities, which reinforced the values they want her to have.

They don’t give their children expensive electronic items, so there was nothing to take away. They finally decided holding a sign would be a way to get her attention.

Gentry was not shown in the photo that went viral, but he said he stood with her the entire time.

Crestview police were called to the corner by a motorist who thought the punishment was too much. The officer left after confirming that the girl was “aware of her punishment and she was not in any harm,” according to the call history record from the Police Department.

The Nickells said their daughter’s behavior has improved since the incident.

“I wasn’t even thinking about what the public was going to think,” her mom said. “I was thinking about our daughter. It was for her to be in the public and recognize what she had done wrong.

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