Published: Mar 21, 2012 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 21, 2012 5:11 PM EDT

Is this an example of tough love or cruelty?

HLN affiliate WSVN out of Miami has reported that a South Florida father punished his seventh-grade son, who was failing three classes, by making him spend his spring break standing at a busy intersection, wearing a sign.

It read: "Hey, I want to be a class clown. Is it wrong?"

And on the back: "I'm in the 7th grade and got 3 F's. Blow your horn if there's something wrong with that."

The boy's father said, "I don't know any other way, I'm trying to reach him. He doesn't want to be reached, and this is my last resort," 

He told WSVN that he just doesn't want his son to be another statistic.

Click here to watch the video and see the sign for yourself.