Indiana Mom Forces Son to Wear ‘I Lie, I Steal’ Sign on Street Corner

Fox 59, January 12, 2012

An Indiana mom says she’s at her wit’s end with her son’s behavior.  After he had yet another run-in with police, she took matters into her own hands and came up with a pretty unusual punishment.

“The sign is hanging around my son’s neck because my son constantly chooses to keep breaking the law,” said Dynesha Lax.

Lax said the list of her 14-year-old son’s crimes is growing and she intends to stop it. She’s pouring on the tough love because she said the court system isn’t getting it done.

“I decided he broke the law and they only gave him a few hours community service so I decided that we were going to wear a sign that says you looking for attention, we’re going to get you attention.”


“What else more can I do? They put him on probation and when they did probation they were quick to talk about the $300 you have to pay in fees, but nobody’s trying to help me fix my son,” said Lax.


[Editor’s Note: See the original article to watch an interview with the mother.]

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  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t this woman understand, she is going against the perfect society that we have created for her and her son!

    As with many of us from a different time, a different America, we are losing the battle to keep our nation. One look at the beastial anger in her son’s face says it all. We can only hope that she is successful yet this society is so jaded the chances are slim

  • Anonymous

    And where is the father/husband in all of this?

    • Anonymous

      Applying white standards of behavior to blacks is very racist, you know.

      You can’t expect these people to act like whites.

      Yes fathers are expected to provide.  But that is for white fathers.  Not only for their own children, but kids like this.  That’s what the income tax is for.

      My friend once asked me “What’s the difference between a black man and a pizza?”.  I didn’t know.  He said “A pizza can feed a family of 4.”

      In short, does it really matter where the father is?

  • Good for her. 

    But I wonder why she waited to ‘take things into her own hands’?

  • A few years ago, I read a similar story:  The black mother made her black 15-year old son wear his pathetic report card on a street corner.  Strange part is, she let him put his A grade in gym/PE on it.

  • Anonymous

    Her heart’s in the right place, but notice the assertion that “the system” didn’t “do its job” to punish her son, so now she has to take matters into her own hands.

    You were supposed to be doing that all along, Dynesha.  Hence the problem today.  It’s not the job of the police and courts to parent your child.  It’s yours.

    And something tells me the father”could not be reached for comment.”

    • Anonymous

      The father couldn’t be reached for comment because he only gets to use the phone for 15 minutes a week.

  • crystal evans

    This shows why it is necessary for a father or a male role model is important. A woman cannot raise a man. What this kid needs is a big brother or a strong  male role model to teach him how to be a man. A real man goes to school and or work. He does not steal or commit other crimes.

  • Anonymous

    She does kinda deserve a pat on the back but it’s not the systems place to make her son genteel, he should have learned that from her while growing up. I guess the fact that he is actually wearing the sign may show there is some hope for him??
    On the other hand I bet that sign is acting as sort of a resume’ for whatever gangs that are lurking about in traffic, that’s one way to show you’re working on your “street cred”.

  • Nothing but a peacocking parent trying to get her 5 minutes of fame.

  • Beaumont

        I agree with you wholeheartedly.  The mother is trying to discipline her wayward son.  She should be commended for that.   There are good Black people and sniping at the good ones does nothing to further common sense.   Let’s hope this son doesn’t grow up utterly rotten.  One does wonder where the heck the father is in all this?