“You wanna try me, right?” is how a live Facebook broadcast started of a mother beating and berating her 16-year-old daughter in their Savannah, Georgia, home. The teen is seen crying as her mother slaps her all over her body and strikes her with what appears to be a plastic object.
The daughter was accused of embarrassing her by posting sexy photos of herself on Facebook and having sex in their home. The video spread through social media, starting the debate about corporal punishment and public shaming.
‘I’m gonna need y’all to send this viral’
After almost four minutes, while the teen whimpers in the corner, her mother turns the cell phone camera on herself, fixes her hair, and addresses her audience. “Now, I’m gonna need y’all to send this viral, please share this. ‘Cause I’m not done, more to come.”
The incident seemed to divide social media as many thought the mother took the beating too far, especially for disciplining a teenager. Others said her use of the medium sent the wrong message.
A commenter on the teen’s Facebook page said “To put this on social media is showing her it’s OK to put your business out there. What happened to ‘what goes on in my house stay in my house'”?
Many more empathized with the mother and the lesson she was trying to teach. Another Facebook commenter said “I understand where this mom coming from but she could have handled it in a respectful way. She’s only trying to save her ’cause it’s a nasty world out there.”
A post on what appears to be her daughter’s Facebook page, written by the mother gives her side of the story. “I love my daughter with all my heart,” she said. “Whatever happens after this, oh well, my daughter is not going to disrespect me or herself for nobody … lesson learned.”
The teen seemed to take responsibility in her own post saying that she shouldn’t have embarrassed her mother and that she shouldn’t have been doing what she was doing. The teen said loves her mother and she understands why her mom did what she did.
No charges pending
The incident prompted law enforcement to look into the incident. Spokesman Sonny Cohrs said the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department received several phone calls from concerned citizens who saw the Facebook Live video.
Cohrs also said that Special Victims Unit officers followed up and spoke to the mother and daughter. Although the daughter said she feels safe in her home, the case has been referred to the Department of Children and Family Services for follow-up.
At this time there are no charges pending.
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