A Denver mom made her daughter appear in a humiliating video after she found the 13-year-old's secret Facebook profile.
Val Starks (via Facebook)
Val Starks experienced the moment so many parents fear – she found her daughter's secret Facebook profile. In it, the 13-year-old claimed to be 19, was posing in a bra and other revealing outfits, and described herself as a "freak." What's much scarier, she was friends with grown men, who had no idea of the girl's real identity. Val freaked out like any mother would, and immediately came up with a way to shut down her daughter's shenanigans. Because the girl had used Facebook to lie, Val would use Facebook to get the truth out.
What Val never expected was how many people would see her video. The clip went viral, racking up more than 58,000 likes and 365,000 shares as of the time this is being written. Val received thousands of friend requests, and an outpouring of support from strangers around the world. She was so surprised, she made this follow-up video to say thanks:
Although the response was largely positive, there were also negative reactions. Many have accused Val of "humiliating" her daughter, saying shouldn't have handled the situation so publicly. It is true that the video can be painful to watch, but Val has this to say to her critics:
“I just want you to understand that I am her mother before anything," she said. “I'm not her friend, I'm not here to let her do whatever she wants; my job is to raise her and sometimes that takes tough love."
It is difficult to know how to feel about this story. But in the end, if the girl isn't putting herself in danger on the Internet anymore, that's a good thing.