Last weekend while shopping with my daughter, I came across an interesting scene. A young boy, about 12 years old, was sitting in a chair in Claire's boutique. A man, most likely his father, was lurking anxiously with a younger boy through the stands of jewelry when the employee asked the seated boy as she raised the ear-piercing gun, "Are you ready?"
Before the boy could answer, the father replied, "He might be but I don't know that I am."
The father's discomfort was tangible.
Was this a case of a father trying to be a friend instead of a parent?
What will happen to the boy when he goes to school? With today's strict school dress codes, will the boy be allowed to wear the earring as is required for new piercings? So many questions.
Late last year, a 14-year-old North Carolina girl was suspended from school for violating the school's dress code when she refused to remove her nose piercing. The girl cited religious reasons for the piercing.
So I wondered just how distracting is a pierced ear or a small nose stud. Is it something that a school should take issue with when there are far worse things, like guns and knives, to consider?
Is the father inadvertently putting his son on a dangerous path? And where should a school draw the line when it comes to body modification? Does age matter?