SKIATOOK -- If a teen sneaks out in the middle of the night, most parents consider grounding, perhaps extra chores as punishment. Not Holly Scoggins.
Saturday afternoon, the Skiatook mom watched as her son and his friend held signs that said “I think I’m grown, so I snuck out and the cops took me home” and “I’m a follower. Peer pressure got me a ride home from the cops.”
This was their punishment for sneaking out Friday night with three others who were spending the night at Scoggins’s home.
“About 12:30, I was going to bed and I told them, ‘I locked the doors. Don’t go outside, don’t even go in the backyard.”
Scoggins was awoken about three hours later by three Skiatook police officers who had her son and his friends.
“I was livid,” she said. “I couldn’t go back to sleep and I’ve been up ever since.”
With all that time to think, Scoggins said she came up with the idea to have the boys stand out on the corner of Wc Rogers Boulevard and Lombard Lane, a pretty busy street intersection in the city.
“I know image is very important to these kids. It’s a big deal for them; they really care what other people see and think of them. So what better way than to have them on the corner?”
Scoggins made sure both boys had plenty of water as they held their signs for onlookers to see from about 11 a.m. until Scoggins decided they had learned their lessons.
“When they stop smiling. I don’t think this should be fun. I don’t think this should be a laughing matter.”
And throughout the day, Scoggins, as well as her son and his friend received a lot of feedback from passersby.
“There have been a lot of people from the community to stop and talk to them and pray with them and cheer them on; people coming by and shaking my hand. I can’t believe the publicity and love I’m getting off of it.”
And Scoggins hopes the punishment pays off.
“I sure hope it does. I hope I’m not sweating for no reason out here.”
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