5-Year-Old Girl Gets Ears Pierced At Daycare

Imagine picking your 5-year-old child up from school and having her show you her new hoop earrings. Real earrings. On her little 5-year-old ears that, when you dropped her off in the morning, were not pierced. Uh, yeah. That’s what happened to Eloise Cardenas when she picked up her daughter, Mia, from Dallas-based Marquita KinderCare earlier this week.

Mia had apparently been complaining to her teacher that her ears hurt. Cardenas figured she was coming down with an ear infection ’til she took a closer look and saw her child was wearing earrings. “Who pierced your ears?” she asked incredulously. The little girl told her a teacher in a different class had done the piercings, which left her earlobes sore and red, reports The Star-Telegram.

Needless to say, Cardenas was outraged. Can you blame her? You drop your child off at daycare expecting her to interact with friends, have a snack or two, build a tower, maybe play dress-up. Body piercings isn’t exactly up there on the list. Not that the issue is even about piercing. The Star-Telegram reports that Mia had previously had each ear double-pierced but had stopped wearing earrings two years ago, causing the holes to close. It’s more about this teacher – one who is responsible for the well-being of many little children – to use such more judgment. I mean, what was she thinking?!

It gets worse. Cardenas confronted the teacher, who responded, “Mia had said it was okay.” That’s right, she trusted the judgment of a 5-year-old.

“She’s a kid. You’re an adult. You should have known better,” Cardenas told her. I’d say! [tagbox tag="daycare"]

There’s also the whole safety issue to consider, too. That’s what would freak me out the most. As in, did this brilliant teacher bother to sterilize the needle before using it (and what was she doing with needles, anyway)? Or maybe she didn’t even use a needle or gun but rather an actual earring, which is even more cringe-worthy.

KinderCare spokesperson Colleen Moran said the teacher has been “disciplined” (meaning she’s been written up, but that’s it). Cardenas and her husband also filed a report with Forth Worth police.

“I don’t blame the day care,” Cardenas said. “I blame her.”

(Photo: Anastasiya Igolkina/Shutterstock)

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    • Landra

      The teacher should be fired!

    • Melinda

      Oh hell no! If my daughter left the house with unpierced ears, and came home with pierced ears, I’d be going the hell off. That teacher would be lucky if she left the building unscathed. God only knows what she used to pierce the child’s ears!! It could have been thumb tacks for all we know!

    • NotThumper

      Blame the daycare too. I worked at a Kindercare, trust me, they don’t give 2 @#$^% about your kid. Some of the “teachers” do, I know I did, but the company on a whole…not so much.

    • hah

      I mean, its complete crap but at the same time did this really need an article about it? QQ some more

    • anonymous

      Am i the only one who read the article. The child in question ALREADY HAD her ears pierced. In fact they were DOUBLE PIERCED in each ear!

      There is also no mention of how the earrings were placed in the ear. This article states:
      “did this brilliant teacher bother to sterilize the needle before using it (and what was she doing with needles, anyway)? Or maybe she didn’t even use a needle or gun but rather an actual earring”

      So the has no idea how the earring was placed in the ear, and only suggests that a needle may have been used.

      Since the ears were ALREADY double pierced, perhaps she just stuck earrings in them. I doubt the holes had closed.

      So the real story here is: “Daycare worker places earrings of an unknown origin in the holes of a child’s already double pierced ears”

      • Mel

        Apparently you didn’t read the article, either, so you can stop throwing stones.

        Had you read the article in its entirety, you would have stumbled upon the little fact that her “already pierced ears” had grown shut, which means that they would have had to be re-pierced in order to put earrings in. Need help finding it? Here you go: “The Star-Telegram reports that Mia had previously had each ear double-pierced but had stopped wearing earrings two years ago, causing the holes to close. ”

        Let me know how the humble pie tastes.

      • Mel

        Not to mention, if you’ve ever had pierced ears you would know that the holes CAN close if you do not wear earrings in them for an extended period of time. Been there, done that.

      • AKatC

        Her holes closed 2 years ago? What mother DOUBLE pierces her child’s ears at the age of 3?!?
        I’m sure my opinion is not the popular one but I think it’s SICk when a mother pierces her infant or toddler’s ears. It’s too young and honestly, not their decision. The child may never want to wear earrings, who are you to decide for them?
        Parent’s are supposed to make important decisions for their children but holes in their head are NOT one of them!

      • Melinda

        I agree, AKatC. I find it disturbing when mothers pierce their infant’s or toddler’s ears. My daughter definitely will NOT have pierced ears at such a young age.

      • anonymous

        AKatC and Melinda — I happen to agree with you, but it’s tradition in some Catholic families to have baby girls’ ears pierced for their christening. My sisters and I all had our ears pierced as infants (our mother took us to the pediatrician to do it). So, again, while I agree with you, there seems to be a religious motivation for it for some people (couldn’t explain the reasoning, though…)

      • Cherie Samba

        The articles clearly states that the holes have closed!!!

        Even if this girls’ hears were doubled pierced prior to the incident, the mother changed her mind and decided to let the holes close. It’s not anybody’s right to decide after the fact to re pierce them. This is still a decision her parents should make, NOT THE TEACHER! When our kids are sick we bring permission slips for the school to administer any medication, and we provide doctor’s information in case of an emergency…I don’t remember completing a form for bodily piercing in that package.

    • heather r morgan

      OK, time for a reading comprehension check ladies:

      “The Star-Telegram reports that Mia had previously had each ear double-pierced but had stopped wearing earrings two years ago, causing the holes to close. It’s more about this teacher – one who is responsible for the well-being of many little children – to use such more judgment. I mean, what was she thinking?!”

      Pierced two years ago. Holes closed up. Re-pierced by daycare teacher.

      Bigger question is, WTF were the other kids doing while she pierced the kid’s ears? Probably shoving stuff up their noses or something…

      • anonymous

        Thank you for referencing that article.

        The incident was found not to meet the criteria of a crime because the girl’s “ears had previously been pierced and earrings reinserted,”

    • Shawna Cohen

      thnx for all your comments – always nice to receive feedback.
      i included in the piece that the little girl had previously had her ears double pierced but that the holes had closed up. to me, that’s irrelevant. the teacher used poor judgement; she stuck a sharp object through a 5-year-old’s ears without permission. i don’t blame this mother for being furious. who here would be okay if that happened to *their* child? i know i wouldn’t…

      • LoveyDovey

        One article I’d read mentioned that the teacher herself admitted to have done this several times to other kids over the years she’d been there! Why the hell does she still have a job?!

        I have a daughter but I’m not piercing her ears until she’s old enough to ask and take care of them herself, even though I’ve had people actually tell me I should get them pierced. Nuh uh. I would have gone ape on that teacher if that were me. Isn’t there some board she can report the teacher to?

    • Fred

      if my daughter came home from daycare with pierce ears and i was against
      that..i would be disapponted in that daycare! I think daycare should be the one at blame and person that did it.. This is unprofessional.. Nothing should ever be down with out parents ok!

    • Cherie Samba

      This is outrageous! The teacher had no right to pierce this girl’s heart! I’m concerned as well about the safety…and shame on daycare for only giving her written warning. That’s just insane! I will be suing everyone if I were her, even if it’s not the school’s fault, they seem to be taking it lightly and law enforcement should be taking more action against this teacher. What horrible misjudgement on her part as a teacher. Something more has to be done.

      • Cherie Samba

        hears…typo

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