Outrage Online After Carribean Mother Whips 12 Year Old Daughter For Posting Nude Pics On Facebook [PHOTOS]

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A video showing a mother from Trinidad and Tobago whipping her 12-year-old daughter with a belt for sharing sexually explicit photos of herself on Facebook has gone viral, sparking a national conversation in the island nation about corporal punishment.

Last Sunday, a video was posted on Facebook showing Helen Bartlett, a mother of four from Point Fortin, beating her sobbing daughter while hurling profanities at her.

The six-minute clip, which depicts Ms Bartlett raining blows on the 12-year-old girl, who whimpers in pain and cowers from the belt, has been shared more than 43,000 times online.

On Wednesday, Bartlett’s daughter and her older sister uploaded another video in response to the controversy, expressing support for their mother.

Looking into the camera, the two girls said Bartlett was a good mother who wanted to protect her child from teenage pregnancy, or worse.

When Helen Bartlett was interviewed by a local radio station earlier this week, the woman declared she was ‘prepared to go to jail’ to set her wayward young daughter on the right path, Trinidad Express reported.

Asked if she regretted her actions, Ms Bartlett, who has three girls and a boy, said she stood by her mode of discipline, but she was sorry that the video intended to shame her 12-year-old has gained such notoriety.

Ms Bartlett explained that since the girl’s father, a police officer, left them, the child has been unmanageable.

The single mother added that she has exhausted all avenues trying to keep her daughter on the straight and narrow, including seeking counselling for her.

And according to Ms Bartlett, the 12-year-old’s father has been of no help, telling the girl that he wanted nothing to do with her.

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  1. No, its perfect…. Next time she will think twice before posting her nude self online. She’s still 12, if her parent can’t control her now what will she do at 18? Maybe another Maheeda or Afrocandy who knows.

  2. The child has been cited as having low self esteem issues by her mother as well as giving trouble from preschool. This child’s issues are more than any beating will solve. This child is looking for attention, admiration from others to boost her self esteem and affection as seen by her posting inappropriate photos on Facebook. If this mother has been having big problems with this child since she was a toddler maybe she needs to look within herself and see if the things she has tried to ‘help’ her daughter are only harming her further. While it’s important to be stern with children, we must be careful not to bull and belittle. Posting a video of the beating of your child is only harmful and insensitive and this child and mother need help.

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