A mom in Georgia who posted a video to YouTube earlier this month showing her shooting her children’s cell phones with a shotgun after she had enough of their bad behavior, apparently took her disciplinary methods one step further and set their beds on fire. Now, the state has stepped in and taken her children away.
Deborah Smith, who goes by “Southern Momma” on YouTube, said her children started heading down the wrong path shortly after she bought them all cell phones about a year ago. She says their grades plummeted, they became disrespectful and skipped out on their chores as social media took ahold of their lives. She also accused them of doing and selling drugs and stealing from her.
After the first video, in which she denounced social media and destroyed her kids’ cell phones, Smith said 17-year-old McKenzie took a turn for the better after realizing her “Southern Momma” was serious. McKenzie’s grades are back up and she due to graduate from high school next month, Smith said.
However, two of Smith’s teens, Robbie and Ethan, have only continued to get worse, and in fact, are currently on probation. She said they are out all night, running around with their “drug thug buddies,” then come home and sleep all day. So, Smith decided to take away their means of sleeping all day by burning their beds to the ground, and of course, making a video of it to post to YouTube.
But someone called the Coweta County Department of Children and Family Services to report Smith, whose five children are adopted. Apparently the CCDCFS wanted Smith to sign a “safety plan” assuring the state that she would not use weapons in front of her children. Smith, however, said she refused to let the state take her First and Second Amendment rights and refused. The state, in turn, took the two boys back into custody of CCDCFS last Monday.
Now, Smith said she hopes the kids can get the help they need to get their lives back on track.
“They’re at the cusp of being 17 years old, where it goes from being juvenile offenses to adult offenses,” she said. “I just don’t know where it’s gonna end. I don’t want them to die.”