LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CBSNewYork) — An Arkansas high school sign telling parents not to drop off their children’s forgotten homework or lunch is garnering national attention.
The sign from Little Rock’s Catholic High School for Boys reads: “If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books homework equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”
The school posted the sign on its Facebook page on Aug. 10 and it since went viral, as it has been shared more than 116,000 times.
Principal Steve Straessle explained to ArkansasMatters.com that the sign is to help students by taking responsibility.
“It’s simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don’t go right to bail them out,” he said.
Senior Patrick Wingfield said he was surprised to see the rule as when he was a freshman.
“I had ideas, and then during the opening pep rally Mr. Straessle addressed the whole student body and let us know the rules,” Patrick told ArkansasMatters.com. “I was kinda shocked, but after a couple years here, I understood why it was a rule.”
Patrick continued, “It makes me think for myself and not rely on other people to do things for me. And if I make a mistake, I need to learn from it and try to fix it.”