Minors get tattoos without parental consent
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.
Reference to other states can be found on wikipedia:
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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