We should have learned to never say never long ago when it comes to the families featured on Toddlers & Tiaras, yet they keep surprising us by going to awful, dreadful places we never thought any parent would go. Up once again in the how-the-hell-could-she spotlight is pageant mom June Shannon.
The mother of 6-year-old Alana Thompson, better known as "Honey Boo Boo" (a name she gave herself), Shannon is currently under fire for the Go-Go Juice we've seen her give to her daughter to keep her energy levels up. Horrifying enough is knowing that she's feeding this child straight sugar and caffeine and loads of it -- it's a combination of Mountain Dew and Red Bull -- but her recent defense of the "toddler crack," should be grounds for her arrest.
She told Good Morning America:
When they do get on stage you have to be alive and…your personality has to shine a long day. A pageant day can last from 7 in the morning to 6,7,8,9, 10 at night, so performing and getting a kid up that early and lasting all day without a rest, you have to energize their body. There are far worse things, I could be giving her alcohol.
Um, yes you could, if you want to go to JAIL. And I wish she could go to jail for this too. While both are legal substances, the way in which she's using them and the intent -- just to win a freaking crown -- are criminal. Weed killer is legal too, but not if you pour it down your kid's throat.
And the substances aren't harmless. Beyond the obvious threats like obesity and poor nutrition, ABC points to experts who say too much caffeine and sugar can lead to neurological and cardiovascular problems as well as physical dependence and addiction. Just look at Demi Moore.
Shannon's response to such health problems just makes me want to cry:
She’s got meat on her. She’s not skinny but, whether skinny or fat, I am still going to love my children regardless. I could care less if they get up to 1,000 pounds; I am still going to love them.
It's child abuse plain and simple as far I'm concerned -- to knowingly put your child's health in danger so blatantly for what are selfish reasons. No, we can't arrest every parent who gives their child junk food -- nor should we -- but when it comes to something this flagrant and outrageous, I think at least an investigation is needed.
If you have any doubts, just watch them in action.
Do you think parents pushing substances like this on their kids should be criminally charged?
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