Just about all parents are guilty of posting one too many photos of their kids online from time to time. Whether it's the first day of preschool, all decked out in the new duds; being adorable with a new baby sibling; shoving a giant piece of birthday cake in their faces when they turn 1 ... all these moments are just begging to be Instagrammed.
But what if all your happy snapshots weren't just being put out there for your friends and family to enjoy? What if some of your Facebook "friends" were copying those photos and sharing them with people you didn't even know, for the sole purpose of making fun of your kid?
The sole criteria for posting a photo in the group? Apparently, the kid pictured has to be "ugly" and worth shaming. (Isn't that lovely?)
Ironically, the private group started as a means to buy, trade or sell toddler clothing between moms. But clearly, something took a wrong turn fast. The moms allegedly began mocking the way toddlers looked in photos even if they were disabled.
In one such post, a mom posted the photo of a toddler along with the following caption: "Before I address this ... it ... I want to point out that it makes my heart happy that you have a Mean Girls tab in your computer. Good stuff. Now, #1 is this a he or a she ... You absolutely can not fix ugly. This is a God given example of such."
When news of the group reached the ears of Florida mom Melissa Antenucci, she was (understandably) shocked. But she made it her mission to expose the group of women who so gleefully took part in mocking toddlers.
"The things that these mothers said were the most horrific things that I have ever seen, being a mom and knowing that they are moms," Antenucci told WPBF-TV in an interview.
Antenucci first created her own Facebook group, which posted screenshots of the women's awful posts. To which one of the moms wrote back: "THIS IS FACEBOOK, NOT THE SALEM WITCH HUNT ... THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND I WAS LAUGHING BECAUSE IT WAS FUNNY... THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS, NEXT."
In an age where cyber-bullying has become an all-too-real problem for our kids, it's crazy to think that there are actually parents out there perpetuating the whole problem on their own—and using 2-year-olds as their fodder.