People tend to be pretty opinionated about tattoos — but whether you hate ’em or think they’re works of art most would agree ink is not for kids. The law does, at least, which is why one Georgia mom was recently arrested for letting her 12-year-old daughter get a “Jesus Loves” tattoo.
According to local news outlet 11Alive, a teacher spotted the 12-year-old’s ink while she was wearing a strapless dress to a school dance. The tattoo in question is a “bluish-green cross with the word ‘Jesus’ above the cross and ‘Loves’ below it,” according to the report. Not exactly easy to hide.
As the girl told authorities, she got the tattoo at a Super Bowl party with her parents, which, let’s be clear here, is very much illegal. Tattooing a minor is against the law, so allowing or encouraging a child to get a tattoo makes you complicit in the crime. After spotting the ink, the teacher called the police and the girl’s mother, 35-year-old Emmie Nolan, was arrested. Whether the girl actually wanted (or didn’t want) the tattoo isn’t clear, but it’s also irrelevant in this case.
How the tattoo session actually came about isn’t quite clear either, but authorities say the parents were aware as their daughter was being tattooed. “Each of the parents had a different story, and it boiled down to frankly just finger-pointing,” Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jason Fetner told 11Alive.“It’s difficult to imagine how, as a parent, you think it’s appropriate to supervise or allow someone to give your child a tattoo at that age.”
According to the investigation, aspiring tattoo artist Brenda Gaddy is behind the ink. She has also been arrested and charged with tattooing the body of someone under the age of 18, after admitting to tattooing at least two other minors at the party.
Naturally, people on social media have a lot of feels about the incident. A poll posted on Facebook by the news outlet shows that almost three-quarters of respondents don’t think there’s anything wrong with a minor getting a tattoo. But the comments tell another story with people attacking the parents’ decision and even all tattoos in general.
While tattoos may be controversial to some, this incident is definitely a whole new level.