High School principal’s sign instructs some ‘enabling’ parents to exit the building

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An Arkansas high school is trying to teach students 'problem-solving' while reassuring oarents that they are fully capable. The Catholic High School for Boys posted a sign that reads, “Welcome to Catholic High. We teach reading, writing, arithmetic, and problem-solving.”

But there's also a stop sign affixed to the school doors, and its message has gone viral on Facebook, according to KARK-TV.

The sign reads:

“STOP. If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc, TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”

The Facebook post has since been shared over 100,000 times.


“We put a sign up on the front door to not only alert new parents to the policy, but to remind people why we do it,” Principal Steve Straessle told KARK-TV,

Some parents were upset, commenting that kids who forgot their lunches might be hungry. Principal Straessle wants to assure everyone that won’t happen because they know how to problem solve.

“It makes me think for myself and not rely on other people to do things for me,” one student told KARK-TV.

“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.”

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