When one Bakersfield, California, mom found out that her 11-year-old daughter was twerking at a school dance after she expressly forbid her to do so, she decided to teach her daughter a lesson she wouldn’t soon forget.
Hannah found out that her daughter Jamie, a seventh grader, was twerking at the dance from a friend, not from the school. She decided to punish her daughter by publicly shaming her, making Jamie wear a sign around her neck, stating: “I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at a school dance,” and stand at a busy intersection.
Local news station 23ABCNews quickly jumped on the story, leading to the anchorman’s somewhat uncomfortable explanations of what twerking is, i.e. “moving your bottom is a very sexual and inappropriate way.”
According to her mom, Jamie is “just a child,” and she wanted to send a clear message to her daughter. We’ve written a lot about public shaming at Wetpaint Moms, and although we don’t always agree with what can sometimes be an extreme stance, we do sympathize with this mom.
As passersby jeer and laugh at the girl, Hannah was asked if Jamie’s punishment fit her crime, or if she went too far. “What am I supposed to do?” she replied, “Whoop her and get the cops called on me? I think this is embarrassing, I do. I’m embarrassed myself for having her twerk at a school dance.”
For what it’s worth, Jamie told 23 ABC News that this is one lesson in which she’s earned an A+. The tween says she has no plans to twerk again anytime soon. As for her mom, Hannah says she’s going to be much more involved at her daughter’s school and will be making her presence known, just to let everyone know “I’m not playing around.”
This is probably a good thing for everyone to know: Don’t mess with this mom!
How do you feel about twerking, moms? Is it an offense worthy of punishment or just another crazy teen dance craze?