16/09/2014 12:20 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Dad Forces Son, 4, To Wear 'I Hit Little Girls' Sign As Punishment

A dad punished his four-year-old son by forcing him to stand next to a sign which read: "I hit little girls."

Rob Devine came up with the punishment after he found out his son Tristan had been harrassing classmates.

He made the boy stand on the pavement in Monroe, Michigan, for an hour while holding the humiliating sign.

But when Tristan's mother Brittany Tweed heard about the stunt, she called social services and vowed to take full custody of the boy.

Rob is now fighting for the right to see Tristan again – but despite this, he says he doesn't regret what he did.

He told local news: "Honestly I just wanted to do what I felt was right for my son.

"I want him to know you can't go out and do these things and expect them to go away unnoticed and expect me not to deal with it."

Brittany has refused to let her ex see Tristan until he has taken parenting classes.

She said: "I think it's sad for a four-year-old to have to go on one of the busiest intersections holding a sign.

"Rob has had issues in his life, and no one put him out on the street and made him use a sign."

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The dispute has sparked controversy on social media.

Some said 'this dad has gone too far'.

One said: "Bad parenting all around, had he taught his son how to behave initially, this juvenile parenting tactic wouldn't even be on the table."

But others supported the punishment. One Twitter user applauded the father for taking a stand against sexist violence.

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