Who Is Nia Green? A Viral Video Of The Teen Has Sparked A Debate About Disciplining Kids
Nia Green, a 16-year-old, who according to her Facebook page lives in Chicago, Illinois, has become a bit of a viral sensation after her mother, Shanavia Miller, discovered pictures Green posted of herself and her boyfriend on her Facebook page, reportedly of the two wearing nothing but towels. Let's just say her mom wasn't impressed. Who is Nia Green? The teenager was beaten on Facebook live by her mom.
To teach Green a lesson, Miller went on Facebook live video and began beating Nia with her hands and calling her names like "thot," a shorthand for "that ho over there," in an effort to publicly humiliate her. It set off a firestorm of people calling it child abuse, and others defending Miller's actions as just a concerned mom at her wits' end.
Her mother is also seen beating her with a piece of wood and announcing she would be taking over Green's Facebook page, according to Tea Served Cold.
Her mother, apparently, posted this response after the video of her punishing her daughter went viral, The Root. She wrote:
Miller did not immediately respond to Romper's request for comment.
The Root pointed about that this post is basically "saying that she deserved to be beaten by her mother." But it seems more like an explanation about why things got so heated. Later, a Go Fund Me page was started, which Green went on Facebook to say was a fake. There were also rumors about Green attempting suicide, which another post on the teen's page said were false.
#NiaGreen is what happens when it's okay to value/devalue women/girls based on their sexual history— Justice Harley (@_puzzle_piece) July 26, 2016
"That go fund page is fake . I dont even stay in chicago anymore," Nia wrote on July 24.
She also added this post on July 24th.
Then just a few minutes later, Nia wrote a longer explanation of what went down between her and her mother.
Now, most people will agree that beating a teenager live on Facebook probably isn't appropriate parenting behavior. Green was deliberately disobeying and lying to her mother, but that does not mean that her mother can physically abuse her.
The video of #NiaGreen seriously hurt my heart. That was not discipline it was physical/emotional abuse. Plus, why post it online? Smh.— poetic indigo (@ShaneRain_) July 25, 2016
Now, according to Inquisitr, people are calling for Division of Family and Children Services of Georgia to investigate possible child abuse. There is some confusion about where the teen lives, since the incident reportedly happened in Georgia, but her Facebook page says she lives in Chicago. There is no reporting on whether there is a current investigation into Green or Miller by a child welfare agency.
Update: Though some parents believe physical abuse is acceptable punishment, it is a form of abuse and domestic violence. If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. If you suspect child abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911.