Reality TV can often take a dark turn.
According to production on Jo Frost's new Jo Frost: Nanny On Tour show, the child expert reported a Georgia family to DCFS for possibly beating a nine-year-old boy. The show caught the footage thanks to reality cameras rolling in the home 24/7.
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Insiders say the father of the family originally called the show because his three kids listened to him and not their mother. The dad hoped an intervention from Jo would help increase overall respect in the home.
Sadly, things didn't go as planned.
Frost claims she had to call DCFS after viewing footage of the father disciplining his son for using his cell-phone charger. Upon telling the boy what he did wrong, he then instructs the grade schooler to retreat to his bedroom.
Now here's where things get dicey — while you can see the poppa remove his belt, the viewers can't see if any violence has taken place. Since the patriarch closed the bedroom door, all viewers can hear is the cries and screams of the boy inside the bedroom.
Obviously, this is a very sensitive subject for a lot of people and that's why Frost decided to air the episode anyways. The nanny claims she wants to start a discussion on corporal punishment, a parenting tool she's vehemently against.
After the controversial segment aired, the caregiver orchestrated a very lively discussion on Twitter:
Well, we definitely know where the child advocate stands on this issue!
Take a look at what fans said (below)!
No matter where you stand, it's great to see people coming together to engage in a healthy and respectful debate.
As for the family in question, DCFS subsequently found no wrongdoing. The father also claims he simply hit the bed with the belt and not the boy himself. He says the scare tactic is what caused the child to scream.
So, do YOU believe in corporal punishment? Vote (below)!
[Image via Jo Frost.]
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