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Georgia Mom Arrested for Allowing 10-Year-Old to Get Tattoo
ABC ^ | 01/19/2012 | Christina Ng

Posted on 01/23/2012 12:38:16 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

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.

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KEYWORDS: chuntera; gaquan; nannystate; tattoo
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“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.”

Police say that Napier has refused to cooperate in naming the tattoo artist who could also be prosecuted for violating the law.

1 posted on 01/23/2012 12:38:19 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

What’d he get? L-O-V-E on the fingers of his left hand, and H-A-T-E on the right?


2 posted on 01/23/2012 12:41:56 PM PST by steve8714 (Hitchens was wrong.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"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.”

By what lawful reason would a physician or an osteopath need to tattoo a person under the age of eighteen? By what lawful, coercive reason would they do this?

3 posted on 01/23/2012 12:44:24 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: Responsibility2nd

A tattoo artist certainly should be aware of the laws regarding tattoos. Why did the tattoo artist agree to do it?


4 posted on 01/23/2012 12:44:59 PM PST by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
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5 posted on 01/23/2012 12:44:59 PM PST by digger48
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To: Responsibility2nd
Just wondering what kind of work she does. Tattoos are not cheap nor are those hair styles.

I'm sure such a well-spoken young lady has a very well-compensated profession.

6 posted on 01/23/2012 12:45:59 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Chuntera, Gaquan, and Malik. I didn’t even need to look at pictures to know.


7 posted on 01/23/2012 12:46:15 PM PST by RonInNaples
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To: Responsibility2nd

Why can’t lawmakers come up with more ways to solve problems instead of more things to ban?


8 posted on 01/23/2012 12:46:30 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If you get a tattoo that young it’ll probably look like a rorschach blot when you grow older


9 posted on 01/23/2012 12:47:41 PM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

“By what lawful reason would a physician or an osteopath need to tattoo a person under the age of eighteen? By what lawful, coercive reason would they do this? “

Because the client wants to and it doesn’t hurt anyone else?


10 posted on 01/23/2012 12:49:55 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: ari-freedom

Are you in favor of disfiguring 10 year olds?

As long as there are idiots who would do this to a child, there ought to be a law against it, right?


11 posted on 01/23/2012 12:50:43 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I don’t suppose there would be any arrest problem if she got her daughter an abortion.


12 posted on 01/23/2012 12:50:43 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Could always say it was done out of state ! What can they say at that point ?


13 posted on 01/23/2012 12:50:47 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: ari-freedom
Laws do not solve problems. Societies, particularly churches, solve these types of social problems.

If laws solved problems this would be nirvana and the IRS would have made us all rich.

14 posted on 01/23/2012 12:52:00 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Responsibility2nd

First let me state, I am not in favor of children getting tattoos.
BUT -
I think this is a parents rights issue. If a parent says it’s ok - then I don’t know why the state is involved?
It’s not like drinking or drugs that harms the child or someone else.
It’s not like they are going to put her in jail as a consequence.
Is this really that widespread of an issue to spend the resources to fight?


15 posted on 01/23/2012 12:52:53 PM PST by porter_knorr
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To: Mount Athos

“If you get a tattoo that young it’ll probably look like a rorschach blot when you grow older”

Perhaps. But they will always keep the memory of their brother with them at all times.


16 posted on 01/23/2012 12:53:01 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

How is getting a tattoo an arrestable event.


17 posted on 01/23/2012 12:53:45 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

For the most part, tattoos are identifiers. Of what, I won’t expound upon.


18 posted on 01/23/2012 12:54:17 PM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Tracking barcode?

I guess they could put that inside his ear.


19 posted on 01/23/2012 12:56:05 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Could be used for radiation treatment. When my motherIL had treatment, the radiologist tattooed small X in each of the spots to be targeted.
Maybe they mean something like that.


20 posted on 01/23/2012 12:56:19 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“As long as there are idiots who would do this to a child, there ought to be a law against it, right?”

No. We don’t need a law to ban everything you don’t like.


21 posted on 01/23/2012 12:57:18 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Fresh Wind
I don’t suppose there would be any arrest problem if she got her daughter an abortion.

That would be celebrated.

From the looks of those involved probably tax payer funded too.

22 posted on 01/23/2012 12:57:44 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: porter_knorr

Baloney. You could make those same arguments for minors to have access to abortions.

It’s still not right.


23 posted on 01/23/2012 12:57:52 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: digger48

Lovely. Did Santa bring them gold teef for Christmas, too?


24 posted on 01/23/2012 12:58:53 PM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So... how about under-age ear piercings?


25 posted on 01/23/2012 12:59:20 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: porter_knorr

“First let me state, I am not in favor of children getting tattoos.”

I don’t think their mom was, either. But then little Malik was killed and that changed everything.


26 posted on 01/23/2012 12:59:32 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: svcw

Causing harm to a minor.

(Of course, I will concede the harm began when she named the thing Gaquan, but still...)


27 posted on 01/23/2012 1:00:28 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: ZX12R

I would disagree. I do not know a single person with ink, that is using the tat to “identify” something but to commemorate something significant in their own lives.
Of course I do not know everyone who wears ink, but dozens of people who do.


28 posted on 01/23/2012 1:01:39 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: svcw

A child is not a canvass, you want “art work” on human skin use your own.


29 posted on 01/23/2012 1:02:13 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Baloney. You could make those same arguments for minors to have access to abortions.”

Yeah because there’s no difference between killing a baby and etching ink under the skin to remember a loved one. Gotcha.


30 posted on 01/23/2012 1:02:24 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: ari-freedom

Got it. By your reasoning, you would have no problem with performing an abortion on a minor child.


31 posted on 01/23/2012 1:03:26 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ok, that is a reason but just how is a tattoo harm to a minor, the boy asked for the tattoo.
And how is arresting her going to solve the “problem”.


32 posted on 01/23/2012 1:05:06 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: ari-freedom; svcw

I was thinking in terms of medicine, not in terms of someone wanting a tattoo as a piece of artwork or self-expression. And I couldn’t imagine a medical need.

At post number 20, svcw does explain a medical need. And that is appreciated.


33 posted on 01/23/2012 1:05:15 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: ari-freedom

Deliberate and willful disfigurement of a child is and should be illegal.


34 posted on 01/23/2012 1:05:33 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Responsibility2nd

Maybe you should go ban unhealthy food in restaurants because it is abusing the poor kids who are forced to eat there by their parents. Lock them up too!


35 posted on 01/23/2012 1:07:27 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; ari-freedom

R I agree with you on much but how on earth do you lump abortion and tattoos. Pretty sure you are trying to make a point, but you may want to try something different.


36 posted on 01/23/2012 1:07:41 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: svcw
"And how is arresting her going to solve the “problem”.

It will discourage others from committing the same crime.

37 posted on 01/23/2012 1:07:56 PM PST by jpsb
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To: svcw

Tattoos, nose piercings, lip piercings, tongue piercings, ear lobe stretching, private parts piercings, on and on to a grotesque level, are all identifiers of certain types of people. To a greater or lesser degree perhaps, but identifiers none the less. It simply is.


38 posted on 01/23/2012 1:11:15 PM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: jpsb

“Deliberate and willful disfigurement of a child is and should be illegal.”

It’s art, not disfigurement. May not be your idea of art but to each his own. The kid wanted it; it’s not as if mom forced it upon him.


39 posted on 01/23/2012 1:11:42 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: jpsb

“It will discourage others from committing the same crime. “

Just like Prohibition. /sarc


40 posted on 01/23/2012 1:13:40 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: ZX12R

Hum?
I still disagree on your assessment as to “All”.
You forgot women who have pierced ears in your list.


41 posted on 01/23/2012 1:13:42 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: ari-freedom

You can undo the unhealthy effects of eating junk food by starting a healthy diet. You could even undo the damage of naming a kid Gaquan by going to court and getting a normal name.

But how do you undo the damage a tattoo does? People with tattoos earn less. This kid is in danger living with a mother like his.


42 posted on 01/23/2012 1:15:45 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: ari-freedom; jpsb

There is nothing wrong with getting ink. People get ink for many reasons.
And jpsb your arguments are making me chuckle since you are a Paul supporter. Sorta goes against what you been trumpeting. I guess you finally found your line you wont cross. ;-)


43 posted on 01/23/2012 1:16:32 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: ZX12R

“Tattoos, nose piercings, lip piercings, tongue piercings, ear lobe stretching, private parts piercings, on and on to a grotesque level, are all identifiers of certain types of people. To a greater or lesser degree perhaps, but identifiers none the less. It simply is.”

Don’t forget circumcision to identify Jewish babies. Hopefully the Georgia law doesn’t cover that!


44 posted on 01/23/2012 1:17:27 PM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: ari-freedom

disfigurement - the act of damaging the appearance or surface of something;


45 posted on 01/23/2012 1:19:14 PM PST by jpsb
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To: ZX12R

I have my ex-wife’s name and year of birth and year of death tattooed on my lower neck. I loved her, still do.

I have a good job and I am judged by my results which are very good. I’m very conservative. I am a good, family man.

I sometimes get asked - What’s that say? I like talking about her and using her name. I like looking in the mirror and seeing her name and thinking about her.

Don’t really care if people like it or not. It simply is.


46 posted on 01/23/2012 1:19:59 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: svcw

The point Ari made was that parents - not the state - have the unilateral right to make bad decisions for their child.

I disagree. Abortion is way more serious a crime than tagging a 10 year old, but both crimes need laws protecting little children.


47 posted on 01/23/2012 1:21:00 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd; ari-freedom

Ok, R. Are you sure about the earning less? It is a pretty blanket statement. Many people have ink that you may never know about. Are you talking about people who ink their face or parts that are visible? Just wondering.


48 posted on 01/23/2012 1:21:04 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: svcw
If an adult wants to scar their body, so well it's their body. But a child, a 10 year old child I don't think so. If the child still wants a tattoo at 16 or older it's their choice.

And jpsb your arguments are making me chuckle since you are a Paul supporter.

Kinda blows away your argument that all Paul supporters are wacked out libertarians huh?

49 posted on 01/23/2012 1:25:46 PM PST by jpsb
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To: Fresh Wind
I don’t suppose there would be any arrest problem if she got her daughter an abortion.

I don’t suppose there would be any arrest problem if she got her son a tatoo celebrating Roe v. Wade.

50 posted on 01/23/2012 1:26:27 PM PST by suijuris
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