Mom punishes son for homophobic remarks by making him wear a tutu to Walmart
She said “corporal punishment has been ineffective."

A mother in South Carolina is being investigated by police after she forced her son to wear a tutu to Walmart as punishment for making homophobic remarks at school. But there’s more to it than just that, and it’s kind of disturbing:

Rock Hill Police were called to the local Walmart on Oct. 4 over a boy wearing a tutu, women’s boots and a woman’s undergarment with his head shaved “in an unusual manner, bald on top with a patch of wig on the front of his head” and “BAD” written on the back of his head, according to the Herald. The mother told officers she was “punishing her son for fighting and making homophobic remarks in school.“

Police reported the incident to the county’s Department of Social Services.

“We’re not going to charge the mother with anything,” Rock Hill Police spokesman Mark Bollinger told the Washington Post. “The incident apparently shocked some customers and some some of the staff, and they gave us a call.”

So…you’re going to teach him that homophobia is bad by using femininity as a punishment? We already know that humiliation as punishment for bad behavior pretty much never works, but equating an expression of femininity to humiliation is even worse. Not to mention this whole thing just sounds…off.


Traffic was stopped yesterday in Quevedo, Ecuador because an adorable sloth was found on a motorway cuddling a crash barrier.

Police officials had trouble getting the little guy to budge at first, but after making sure he was completely unharmed they were able to take him from the motorway to a veterinarian before returning him to his natural habitat.

91-year-old defaces artwork that looked like a crossword puzzle

Ashley May, USA TODAY

A woman visiting a German Museum on a senior citizen trip used a ballpoint pen to complete what she thought was a crossword puzzle.

Avant garde artist Arthur Koepcke created “Reading-work-piece” in 1965, which is crossword-themed and says “insert words,” BBC reports. It’s on loan to Nuremberg’s Neues Museum and  insured for $89,000.

The 91-year-old, who said she thought the instruction on the artwork was part of an interactive exhibit, filled in the blanks on Wednesday, AP reports. Now, she’s being investigated for damage to the property.

Museum chief Eva-Christina Kraus said the criminal complaint was filed for insurance reasons. There was no malicious intent.

Just a desire a to complete a 51-year-old crossword puzzle.

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