A Georgia mom who took the internet by storm after video of her shooting her kids’ cell phones as a punishment went viral has reportedly lost custody of her two youngest children.
Deborah Smith of Coweta County originally made headlines with her creative discipline technique and colorful condemnation of social media.
Parents both celebrated and condemned her, but Smith said her technique worked, at least for a while.
But soon she said her sons Ethan and Robbie began to stay out all night, do and sell drugs, and leave her to deal with “the aftermath” as they slept all day.
“Today, we’re going to take that option of where to sleep away,” Smith says, shotgun in hand, in a newer video, posted April 5. “I’ve had enough.”
The camera soon pans to a smoldering fire as Smith is heard in the background cocking her weapon.
She pulls the trigger and the fire roars once again.
“Boys,” she says as the camera focuses on a pile of hot ash, “this is all that’s left of your beds. I’m sorry. But they exploded.”
This time around, not everyone is laughing at Smith’s creative parenting.Someone reported the video to Coweta County Department of Children and Family Services. According to AJC.com, a social worker told Smith she had to sign a “safety plan” and agree not to use weapons in front of the children.
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Smith refused to sign away her First and Second Amendment rights, she told AJC, and the department took away her two youngest teens.