Mom Who Posted Nude Pics of 12-Year-Old Son's Ex-Girlfriend Deserves Jail Time

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There's no way to sugarcoat the absurdity of this story (and that's putting it lightly), so let's jump right in. A 40-year-old Pennsylvania mom posted nude pics of a tween girl who used to date her son. Apparently, Danita Michaux thought there was nothing wrong with sharing photos of the 12-year-old girl for all of social media to see.

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Soon, Danita will get a lesson in crimes and consequences 101, as she now faces charges for cyberbullying and child sexual assault.

(It's okay if you're dumbfounded by this. I am too.)

This might all sound like an episode of Law & Order: SVU, but it's not -- and there's no Olivia Benson, either. And there's nothing funny about this horrific series of events. A mother is facing some serious charges for an unthinkable crime that we, as parents, often try to shield our kids from doing.

If we rewind our clocks back to 2013, we'll find ourselves at the beginning of this mess. Danita's son was about 12 at the time, and head over heels for a girl his same age. The unnamed girl sent him a nude picture of herself, and life continued. Eventually there was a breakup, but instead of there just being the expected melodrama young kids find themselves in, mama allegedly took matters into her own hands. According to charges, Danita not only published the frontal nude picture of the then 12-year-old girl on Facebook, but she also began harassing the tween's family -- including sending text messages as recently as December 2015.

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What could ever make an adult, let alone a parent, think something like this is okay?! Yes, a child sending another kid a naked picture does need a discussion too -- but I'm guessing the girl's parents will give her an earful about that. I'm talking about this mother, Danita Michaux, who will likely have her family torn apart because of these senseless actions.

Harassing a young girl's family is already bad enough -- and might've ended with someone paying a visit to Danita's front door with sneakers and Vaseline -- but what was the gain of posting nude photos of a child ... someone else's child?! The Internet is full of predators, who mask themselves as friends and loved ones as they lurk in the wings. As parents, it's our job to protect ALL children -- not exploit them.

Plus, why the hell does a mother need to be this involved in her young son's "relationships"? And what message does this send to Danita's now teenage boy? That it's okay to share intimate photos of an ex for laughs and embarrassment? After all, mom did it, so why shouldn't you?

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Public shaming doesn't work ... especially not when you break the law by sharing photos of another parent's child in the nude. (For goodness' sake, hello!)

Stories like this make me very nervous about the next generation and the message we're sending as parents. This is not okay. It's not okay. How can we preach and teach a message of love and compassion, only to turn around and do the very thing we warn our children not to do? We need to do better, for the sake of our children, and for society in general.

As the saying goes: Let the punishment fit the crime.

 

 

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