little girl earringsQuick question: Would you say a daycare worker who took it upon herself to pierce a 5-year-old's ears without permission is a sick, twisted child-hater or just a complete and total idiot? Maybe the answer is both?

I don't know, but I do know that if I sent my little girl off to daycare with non-pierced ears and she came home with pierced ears, I'd be pretty ticked off.

So was the Fort Worth, Texas mom who recently had this disturbing experience ... ticked off enough to call the cops, in fact. At which point the aforementioned daycare employee admitted to putting hoop earrings in the girl's ears because the kid "said it was okay."

Well, of course she said it was okay -- she's 5!

But what happened when the employee actually pierced the girl's ears? I mean to say, how did she manage to pierce them without the kid freaking out?

The girl must have reacted, loudly, to the sharp objects being forced through her earlobes. I can't imagine why another employee at the daycare didn't rush over to see what was wrong, or why the renegade ear-piercer kept on going.

The only possible mitigating factor is that apparently the little girl's ears had been pierced a few years before, but the holes had since closed up. Maybe that made the re-piercing somewhat less painful? I kind of doubt it though, because I know what it feels like when I let my own  piercings close up for a few months and then decide to wear earrings again. Yowch.

Which brings me back to the question: What was that daycare worker thinking?? The police called to the scene didn't make any arrests; instead, they turned the case over to Child Protective Services.

That makes sense. Because I don't know if she belongs in jail, but no matter what the deal is with that daycare worker -- whether she's stupid, cruel or both -- she doesn't belong in a daycare center.

Why do you think a daycare worker would pierce a child's ears without permission?


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