When I read your heading i thought that the action taken was appropriate. But I agree with you I think the state needs to mind its own business.
This isn't exactly the same thing but how is it different than getting your babies ear pierced? Babies can't decide if they want their ears pierced the parents do. This young man asked his mom. He made a decision. I'm not sure that I would have allowed my children to get a tattoo but each person/family is different. I did get both of my baby girls ears pierced. I signed the papers and no one thought any thing of it. They are both permanent.
Me 33, DD - O 12, DS1 -J 7, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 4, DD2 - E (11/10)
I would not let my kids get a tattoo. However..........Knowing grief first hand I really understand why she did it. Her child was hurting from losing his brother. He wanted to do something to memorialize his brother . So I understand the mom feeling the need to help her child heal from the death of his brother by letting him get the tattoo. At first I thought no way but as I read the article I really understand her position.
A Georgia mother who was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old to get a tattoo said she had no idea it was illegal for him to get one, even with her consent.When Chuntera Napier's son Gaquan Napier asked her if he could get a memorial tattoo for his 12-year-old brother Malik who died after being hit by a car, Napier was touched by the request. "My son came to me and said, 'Mom, I want to get a tattoo with Malik on it, rest in peace,'" she told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSBTV. "It made me feel good to know that he wanted his brother on him." When Gaquan Napier was asked why he wanted the tattoo, he said, "Because it represents my brother." "What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother? It's not like he was asking me, 'Can I get Sponge Bob?" Napier said. "He asked me [for> something that's in remembrance of his brother. How can I say no?" Gaquan got a tattoo on his right arm of his brother's name and his former basketball jersey number. Napier also has memorial tattoos for her son on her right arm. When someone at his school noticed the tattoo and contacted authorities, Napier was arrested on Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor cruelty and being a party to a crime, according to WSBTV . Napier bonded out of jail on Wednesday but is shocked that her consent was not enough for her son to get a tattoo. "I always thought that if a parent gave consent, then it was fine," she said. "How can somebody else say that it's not okay? He's my child, and I have the right to say what I want for my child. I can't go tell anybody else what I want for their child." A Georgia law from 2010 states, "It shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except a physician or osteopath." The Acworth Police Department did not respond to request for comment and the Smyrna, Ga. artist who did the tattoo is also under investigation.
I agree that state went too far. But what about the school official? Why wsn'tt he mother contacted about it. Didn't anyone at the school know that his brother had died? If they saw the tattoo, it shoudl have been obvious.
Some people in postions of authority lack the common sense needed for their position.
I don't think anyone really needs a tattoo, certainly not a child, and I can see the point of and need for the law because you know that too many parnets don't parent and don't know how to say no to their kids, so a lot of dumb a***es would let their kids get tatted up, but some judgement could have been exercised here.
The fact of the matter it was against the law. The authorities have no discretion in this matter. They must apply the law. Now it will be up to the judge to mete out the judgment. One would hope that it will be a slap on the wrist and a call for the law to be changed to allow parental consent. The tattoo artist is the person in trouble. It is his/her business to know what the law is. I see a lawsuit coming on this one.
I have two tattoos and want two more....however, a 10 year old kid? I don't care if it was a memorial tattoo...a 10 year old with a tattoo should not be. I didn't think it should be a law, it should be more common sense. I personally like tattoos but they are like self mutilation. And when that 10 year old's arm becomes a 20 year old's arm, you know what its going to look like? It'll probably stretch and not look so nice. I don't know...I don't think she should get jail time for it but def a fine or something. The tattoo artist should have def known better and he should def be punished.
Me (28), DH (30), DS1 - Michael (4) and DS2 - Nathan (1 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
They would make a "new nipple / areola" for a breast cancer patient. I think the law should stand yet be decided on a case by case basis. I would assume that this woman who already had tattoos took him to her "regular" trusted guy. The same risk of infection can come fro somple ear piercing a teenage girl here back in 2006 actually ended up in the PICU from her bad piercing in her ears at a approved retailer A former friend of mine had in done to her 6 WEEK OLD!! I thought she was outta her beeping mind it bring that risk on her baby
Steph 38 DH 42 DD 9 Asthma eczema and allergies DS 5 Eczema and milk allergy
The school member certainly had discretion in this matter. The article doesn't say but I'm assuming it was a teacher or principal or possibly a parent. Not every offense is brought to the attention of the police. And not every person who breaks the letter of the law is arrested by authorities- everyone knows someone who was speeding but got off with a warning other than a ticket.
Holier than thou people are just as dangerous as morons who think a tattoo for a child is generally ok. Both exist and both should be stopped.
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