... will end up hurting someone you care about? DD went on a field trip yesterday. The kids were taken to, and turned loose in, a small tourist-trap town. They HAD to stay in groups of 3 or more, and be back in time for the bus to take them back to school. But apparently 3 girls didn't go to Ripley's or a restaurant, or any of the 'kid-appropriate' locations. Instead, these three went to a tattoo parlor and got their belly-buttons pierced This place pierced the belly-buttons of these children after they 'called a parent for permission'. There was no adult present!! These girls are 14, 14 and 13. DD told me all about this when I got home from work and asked her about the trip. She was pretty horrified. I thought at first it was a gag or something, but she said one girl was showing off her new 'bling' and how she could already turn and move hers where DD could see And another was doing the same thing in another crowd of kids. All 3 were careful not to do this around a teacher, and DD was pretty certain the teachers had no idea. DD has a cousin with a lot of peircing, so I believe her when she says this was the real thing. I was/ am horrified and disgusted. I worried off and on all last night about who these girls might actually have called, instead of their parents, for 'permission'. And I thought about infection, or worse yet, HIV or hepatitus. I decided I should call the school and make sure someone was aware that this had happened. This morning I told DD about my decision and she was relieved. She's a sweet kid and she was worried about these girls, too. DD never once asked me not to make that call, or worried about repercussions towards her own self. But I do worry. DD has had a very rough year, and there are many unkind kids who've made her year a little harder than it had to be. The pierced girls are part of the popular crowd and my dd is not. The nice kids who defended DD from past bullying may not be as supportive after this decision to turn these girls in to the 'authorities'. I hope that's not the case, but it does worry me. So, I am praying that this all works out for the best. And wishing that the principal would hurry up and call me back Thanks for letting me vent!