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SWANSEA, Ill. (KMOX) – So…did it work?

That question was asked of Montrail White, the Swansea man who made headlines by forcing his daughter to stand outside her school this week and wear a sign proclaiming herself as a thief and liar, when he spoke with KMOX’s Charlie Brennan Thursday.

“I hope it does (make a difference),” White answered. “Because if it doesn’t I don’t know what else to do after that.”

As KMOX reported earlier, parents picking up their children at High Mount Elementary School in Swansea Tueday were stunned to see an eight-year-old third-grader screaming and crying while wearing a sign that read “I like to steal from others and lie about it.”

Montrail White later claimed he had been threatened with arrest, adding that one of the responding officers asked him “Is that what you call being a good father?”

White told Charlie Brennan that yes, as a matter of fact, that IS what he calls being a good father.

“In this day and age you’ve got to do whatever you can to reach your kids,” White explained. “You look at the news and see all the different things that kids are doing and you can’t say eight years old is too young, because there are eight, nine, and ten-year-olds taking guns to school.”

While some have questioned whether public humiliation may have been too harsh for a third-grader, Melissa White said she remains 100% behind her husband’s actions Tuesday.

“I feel like embarrassing her now and letting her learn a lesson would be better than waiting until she’s older and she learns the hard way by having to go to jail,” she said.

Surely their daughter Amiyah has been sulking in her room or giving her parents the cold shoulder since Tuesday’s highly-publicized incident, right?

“Not too bad, actually,” Montrail White revealed on KMOX. “She hasn’t had an attitude or anything since that happened. She’s been pretty much her normal self.”

So maybe in the end it did work, after all.

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