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8-year-old forced to wear sign, 'I like to steal and lie'

Young Illinois girl made to wear sign at school as punishment

Amiyah White, 8, was forced to wear humiliating sign as punishment for lying and stealing. Screen grab via KSDK News.

A couple in downstate Illinois have come under intense criticism after they made their 8-year-old daughter, Amiyah White, wear a sandwich board sign that read, “I like to steal from others and lie about it.”

The young girl was forced to wear the side outside her elementary school in Swansea, Illinois. Parents and students observed the girl early yesterday morning, just before school started at High Mount Elementary.

The girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Montrail White, said they had no other disciplinary options because their daughter kept stealing and taking things that weren’t hers and then lying about it.

Mr. White told KSDK News, “I just wanted her to understand if you do this later in life, you’re gonna be seen.”

The school district’s Superintendent, Mike Brink, asked the father to remove himself from school property and called police because he claims the girl’s father was yelling and swearing at the girl. He says Amiyah is a good student and good kid who never gets in trouble. Police arrived at the scene but no arrests were made.

Brink described the situation, saying, “The little girl was extremely upset, screaming and crying. There were a lot of confused and concerned parents. We had probably 480, 490 kids who saw this morning.”

A day later, Amiyah didn’t seem upset with her father, “He did it because he loved me. He doesn’t want me to end up in jail when I’m older. He wants me to have a good future.”

Mr. White says he has no regrets and plans on keeping the sign as a reminder to Amiyah to not steal and lie again.