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Minors get tattoos without parental consent

Updated on July 29, 2013

Porque?

Student in tears

Recently one of my female students, whom I will call Shenita, came to class late. Shenita signed in as she was supposed to do. I looked into her face and saw that she was near tears. I asked if she was going to be OK and her eyes watered. I took her outside and again asked if she was going to be OK. Tears started to flow and I hugged her. Shenita held on to me and cried uncontrollably for about 30 seconds. It was obvious that she couldn’t talk about it so I let her stay outside for a while. Approximately 15 minutes before the class ended, she came in and sat down


When Shenita returned to class the next day, she looked a little melancholy and was still not her “chatty Cathy” self. Third morning when Shenita returned, she was in better spirits but still not quite herself. When the next class period started, She returned to see if she left her folder in my room and she had. I asked if the situation was any better. She said, "Not much."


Do I want to know this?

I was concerned about this!

Sometimes I’m reluctant to ask for details because the situation could necessitate that I call Child Protective Services. I was dying to know what mentally subdued her for three days. She told me her parents found out that she got a tattoo. The tattoo is on her lower back below her waistline. It reads “Only Jesus can judge me.” She said, “Well at least it’s about God.”


Only God Can Judge Me

Laws regarding tattooing of minors vary by state

According to California Penal Code 653, every person who tattoos or offers to tattoo a person under the age of 18 years is guilty of a misdemeanor. The Law States: "No piercing of nipples or genitalia, branding, tattooing, or permanent cosmetics for a minor regardless of parental consent."

As used in this section, to “tattoo” means to insert pigment under the surface of the skin of a human being, by pricking with a needle or otherwise, so as to produce an indelible mark or figure visible through the skin.

This section is not intended to apply to any act of a licensed practitioner of the healing arts performed in the course of his practice.

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/PEN/3/1/15/2/s653Quick

Reference to other states can be found on wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_status_of_tattooing_in_the_United_States

This is not considered an authoritative source but it is interesting reading.






Who committed this misdemeanor?

My concern was “How can a minor get a tattoo without parental permission.” Easy. A friend at school has an uncle who owns a tattoo shop. The friend took her to the uncle’s shop and did the tattoo for her. Another day in the life of a high school teacher!


What in the world?

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Minors getting tattoos without parental consent

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      My daughter had been talking non stop about getting a tattoo until I told her it was ok. I got the keys to the car and said " Let's go and get it now, what kind would you like?"

      So far she hasn't said a word.

      Thank God.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Hi Michele! I taught one of my former students from 6th grade through graduation. I recently saw her on FB with a tattoo from her thigh to her ankle, one the full length of her are, one on her stomach, and one on her buttocks. She turned 18 and went crazy.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi Diane, my daughter is going to be 17 in a few days. Most of the time the just tries to challenge me. This time I said " Ok" That was about 6 months ago. She has been quiet since then. She wanted a rose on her ankle. Maybe she will get it later. I have no idea.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Michele, some of these kids are going to regret the places they put tattos. Some can be tastefully done.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      That is true Diane. I think a small rose on an ankle is better then covering so much of the body.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      I thought of getting a tattoo on my ankle about 35 years ago!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I let her use a rub on tattoo and took a picture of it, that has worked out for us so far:) I am glad you decided not too! Well, that is just how I feel.

      God bless you.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Me too Michele. One person commented on a tattoo that, over time, changed from a tear to a prune face.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Before I was on disability, because of epilepsy, I worked with older people. You are correct. Over time tattoos sort of spread out and look like a spill, you can't tell what they used to look like.

      By the way, since I had brain surgery 2 years ago, my epilepsy has improved so much, the Social Security Disability Program has accepted me into the Ticket to Work Program. That means I have a chance to go back to work. Only part time right now. I am at step one. Well will be after my assessment. Then they will decide what I am able to do. Then they will help me with learning what I can do. They pay for classes, help with a lot of other things. It takes a while, but it is a blessing from God.

      I thank God every day. The surgery at the Cleveland Clinic has saved my life. The seizures were so bad before that. I would even stop breathing. They saved my life, and now it is improving.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Praise God Michele! We never really know what others are going through. I'm blessed and encouraged by your testimony and will keep you in my prayers.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you so much for keeping me in your prays, you are so much a sister in Christ! God created all of us. I know some don't believe, but it is true. Thank you so much Diane.

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      Teiya 2 years ago

      Yo, that's what's up truylfuhlt.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 2 years ago from Fontana

      Teiya, I'll bet money that you have at least one tattoo!

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