The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles has voted to roll its award towards  a judge who sentenced a father to one year of probation and a $200 fine for making his son walk a mile home from school as a form of discipline.
Hawaii Judge Kathleen Watanabe called the punishment "old-school" and no longer appropriate, The Garden Island newspaper reported Thursday.
Robert Demond of Kilauea said he picked up his son from school and asked about a matter that had been brought to his attention. When the son didn't respond, Demond made him walk home to think about his actions.  Demond was also ordered to attend a parenting class after being convicted of endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor.    [ECS]