Parents volunteer kids for night in jail in hopes of behavior turnaround

CHESTER, S.C. (WBTV) - This past weekend, parents volunteered their child for a one night stay at a South Carolina jail in hopes of encouraging a turn around in behavior.

Children as young as 11 participated in the Chester County Sheriff's Offices' Project STORM. The program, that aims to provide guidance to at-risk youth, has been featured nationally on the Steve Harvey Show.

Eight boys went through the program over the weekend. We talked to parents who sent their child for all sorts of reasons - from taking the family car and getting suspended from school, to disrespecting authority.

The kids were dropped off by their parents, handcuffed, and taken to jail for the night.

Parents too went to jail, for a parenting class taught by deputies.

It was an emotional experience for many moms and dads seeing their child in jail scrubs.

"You just wonder if he's going to hate you, if he's going to respect the fact that you took the time to look up a program to bring him to," said Jamie Sullivan.

Sullivan and her husband Charles drove from Taylors, South Carolina to bring their son Nijerious.

It isn't the family's first time participating in Project STORM. Sullivan said her oldest child went through the program several years earlier.

He has stayed out of trouble, she said. She hopes one night in jail for Nijerious will lead him on a similar path.

WBTV tagged along with Sullivan and other parents and will have an inside look at the program that's providing a tough love approach.

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