Photo of Garrison watching the tattoo being done, given by him to MSNBC
Jerry Garrison, a grandfather in Jacksonville, Florida, says it is a tradition in his family to get your initials tattooed on your body. So when his 10-year-old grandson asked for the same, Garrison agreed.
The Florida Department of Children and Families went to the home to investigate a different complaint when they spotted the tattoo. All of Garrison’s grandchildren have been removed from his home and placed in foster care. The nature of the other allegations have not been released.
In Florida, a law was passed in 2012 saying that children can get tattoos with parental consent when they turn 16. It against the law for children under 16 to be tattooed unless it is for medical or dental reasons. Before 2012, any child under 18 could be tattooed as long as they had a parent’s consent.
Garrison, however, does not feel that what he did was wrong. ”I didn’t see why a tattoo was such a big issue to begin with, and I didn’t see where none of this was right,’ he told First Choice News. The tattoo was done on the boy’s lower leg.
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