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Teen Forced to Wear ‘Thief’ Shirt after Shoplifting Incident

NEW ORLEANS, La. (CNN) – A New Orleans teen who was caught stealing is getting a lesson in tough love from her mother. Her mom wants to make sure her daughter never steals again.

Whenever 13-year-old Aaroneisha Celestin walks out of the house, you can bet she’ll have on this unmistakable, neon green shirt.

“I feel like if you’re going to embarrass me by stealing, I’m gonna show you what its like to be embarrassed , everybody’s gonna know that you stole,” says mom Danaka Walker.

The seventh graders T-Shirt reads: ‘Hide your money. Hide Your Clothes. Hide everything ‘cuz I’m a thief.’

Walker adds, “I work too hard for her to steal and I’m not gonna have no thief living with me. I refuse to have a thief living with me.”

Mother Danaka Walker made the T-Shirt the day after Aaroneisha was arrested for shoplifting at Oakwood Center on the Westbank.

Walker says she was sick to her stomach picking her daughter up at the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Detention Center in Harvey.

“Even though it’s her first offense I want to make sure its her last. I don’t want to ever go back and have to go pick up my child from jail,” adds Walker.

So what does Aaroneisha have to say about everything. When asked by a reporter if her mother is being hard on her, she replies, “No.”

Aaroneisha says she’s embarrassed, but she understands her punishment is all out of love.

“Sorry, sorry for my mama and everybody else I hurt,” says Aaroneisha.

Aaroneisha’s father was murdered back in 2006 and the single mother of four says she has no choice but to practice tough love.

“Every day you look at the news, somebody’s getting killed. Somebody’s going to jail. Even at schools now, it’s always something. I don’t want my children to be in that statistic. I’m not, I can’t,” says Walker.


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