Posted at: 09/30/2013 4:39 PM
| Updated at: 09/30/2013 5:35 PM
By: Kumi Tucker
Rodney Green, 17, is standing on the street holding a sign listing various misdeeds asa punishment from his father.
Kumi Tucker / WNYT
TROY -- A lot of traffic goes by Hoosick and Tenth streets in Troy and that's where 17-year-old Rodney Green stood for hours wearing signs that say, "I like to smoke pot, disrespect my parents, teachers and school officials. I'm a senior in high school and got suspended for being involved in a theft. I'm embarrassing my family but for the most part hurting myself."
As he stood on the corner, his father was watching from his car nearby.
"I would consider it tough love," said father Rodney Green. "I love him. So I don't want him to continue on the path that he's on."
Green says Rodney was suspended for five days for being involved in stealing a phone.
"Well, it affects me because I have to babysit him and I can't go out and earn my living because I want to make sure that he's not home just watching TV or playing video games," said Green.
People stopped to take pictures of the teenager. Many others shouted out to him to straighten up, do well and finish school.
"You need school in your life! Stay good!" yelled one woman.
Most of the passing drivers applaud the father.
"I think the parents are right," said one driver.
"One hundred percent!" agreed his passenger.
Rodney himself calls this pointless, but he understands that his father is trying to teach him a lesson.
"So I don't do this again down the road. So I don't get in more trouble," said the teenager.
His father says he's already tried other things like taking away video games and TV.
"This is another effort to try to put a spark in him," said Green. "Hopefully he goes on the right track and does the right thing."
Rodney says he plans to graduate and go to college.
His father says the teenager will be back out wearing the sign every day until he goes back to school.