SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) — Two parents in southwestern Illinois took the punishment of their 8-year-old daughter public by forcing her to wear a sign that read: “I like to steal from others and lie about it.”

The parents disciplined the girl by making her wear the sandwich board outside High Mount Elementary School in Swansea. Parents and children witnessed the punishment when they arrived at school Tuesday.

Montrail White says he and his wife decided to punish the girl publicly because they’d repeatedly caught her taking things that didn’t belong to her.

School Supt. Mike Brink says White was asked to leave school property and the father moved across the street. Brink says the school called the police because White was yelling profanities at his daughter. White, however, denies that.

No arrests were made.

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