When Denver mom Val Starks, 31, found out that her 13-year-old
daughter was posing as a 19-year-old on Facebook, befriending and messaging
adult men, she decided to record a special video announcement for all of her
daughter's Facebook friends.
"Are you a freak? Do you know anything
about being a freak? You need to speak up so people can hear you," Starks
asks her daughter in a video that she uploaded to Facebook which has since been
viewed more than 12 million times.
In the video daughter is visibly upset and crying as Starks
confronts her outside their home.
"Don't cry now. You weren't crying when
you were posting pictures on Facebook … in a bra or some little girl in some
lace panties you know you don't own," she said. "You still wear
panties that say 'Monday,' 'Tuesday' and 'Wednesday.' But you go on Facebook and find a
picture that says you're a freak and you're wearing panties that's lace and all
that. That's what 13-year-olds do, right? You still have a bed time."
"She's a kid, she's going to stay a kid
and as long as she is under my roof, she is going to do what I say," Starks
says to the camera.
The viral video has been heralded by many who
appreciate Stark's brand of tough love.
"I'm 31 years old with a 13-year-old
daughter that I refuse to lose in these streets," she said in a follow-up
video, responding to the attention she has received. "The streets won't
raise her, the schools won't raise her, the system won't raise her. I will
raise her, if it kills me."