These parents have taken grounding their son to a whole new level.

Parents in New Mexico have landed themselves in hot water after they took their punishment levels up a notch and began banishing their wayward teenage son to a tent in the backyard.

Explaining their decision as a way to “teach him a lesson”, Jacob and Angela Bogguss are certain their not-so-traditional method will work.

Relegated to the backyard in the mornings, the boy is forced to spend all day inside the tent, with access to food, water and the bathroom. When 9pm hits he is allowed back inside and into his room to sleep.

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The experiment, which was a result of him stealing from his parents on a number of occasions, is set to run for a full month.

But many neighbours of the family are calling the unorthodox practice inhumane and have called police on a number of occasions.

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All in a day's study. Source: Youtube

"We're not doing anything wrong here. We're simply trying to teach our child a lesson," Angela Boggus told KRQE.


"If he doesn't learn that now, it's gonna be the whole world's problem, not just ours, in a couple of years," Jacob continued.

Despite explaining their actions to neighbours, multiple calls have been made to to the Valencia County Sheriff's Department in recent weeks, with deputies attending the property three times.

But authorities have been satisfied with the setup upon every visit.

"I don't see anything that is abuse or negligent," Chief Deputy Gary Hall said following a visit. "It's not like he's been banished out to the mesa a hundred miles away from civilization."

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The view from a neighbour's yard. Source: Youtube.

Required to complete all of his homework before the month is up, the Boggus' say the experiment is designed to teach their teenage son how to behave as a respectable man.

With temperatues set to reach around 38C this week, it's going to be one hot life lesson.

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