MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 14, 2013

Teens feel heat for sneaking out of house


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two teenagers spent about six hours in the heat Saturday holding signs as punishment from their mothers for sneaking away from their homes to meet friends.

“I think I’m grown so I snuck-out and the cops took me home,” read a sign that Deangelo Henderson, 14, was holding as he and his friend, Tre Steele, 13, stood on a corner in Skiatook, about 20 miles northwest of Tulsa.

“They were disrespectful and they snuck out and had the cops bring them home about 3:40 this morning,” Deangelo’s mother, Holly Scoggins, said Saturday. The boys were “chasing girls,” she said.

At one point, she yelled at her son: “Hold that sign up! You’re not lazy! Hold that sign up!”

Tre’s mother, Amanda Hancock, said she and Scoggins came up with the idea of having the teens carry the signs after Scoggins called to tell her that police had brought the two boys home early Saturday.

Part of Tre’s sign read, “I’m a follower.” It also noted that peer pressure had gotten him “a ride home from the cops.”

The boys said they thought their punishment was fair, but hot.

“Like a million degrees,” Tre said.

“Sweaty. And wet. And hot,” Deangelo said.

The temperature in Skiatook peaked at 94 degrees shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Scoggins and Hancock said they dropped their sons off at the corner around 11:15 a.m. and took them back home about 5 p.m. They said they provided them with water.