Raising children is not easy. Sometimes the best way of coping with the trials and tribulations of parenthood is to make light of it.
That is reportedly what prompted a Memphis parent to post an hilarious photo on Facebook that showed her two children with their hands and mouths duct taped.
The picture posted by user Jaton Justsilly Jaibabi, who has since deactivated her account, was captioned “Kids For Sale 45% Off because they bad.”
An archived file of the post appears below:
A non-pixelated version of the photo that has survived shows the children’s faces clearly, and they do not appear to be in on the joke.
According to Memphis NBC affiliate WRCB, local and state authorities aren’t laughing either. The Memphis Police Department has opened an investigation, and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services said it plans to do the same after researching the case.
Although many parents are outraged at the photo, the woman’s cousin, Derion King, reaffirmed that this was just a practical joke, writing:
Basically a joke at the moment that people just went overboard about. People make mistakes and that’s what this situation is, a lesson learned. They are safe, unharmed, and loved. That’s all it is to it.