(Content Warning: Language)
One Southern mom has had enough of of social media platforms and the harmful effects that she perceives they have upon her children. In an incident that was caught on camera, a woman identified only as a “Southern mother” decided to take her distaste for her children’ iPhones and the social media apps installed on the devices to the next level. Rather than merely confiscating her children’s phones as punishment, this mother shot them with her gun before smashing the pieces with a hammer. “I hereby denounce the effects that social media have on my children, their disobedience and their disrespect,” the mom can be heard shouting at the beginning of the video as her children stand nearby. In the video, which was posted to YouTube by someone named Josh Smith, the woman is then seen aiming her gun at the iPhones set up on a tree stump and firing at them, blasting them backwards into bits and pieces. The mom then orders the cameraman to set the pieces back up onto the stump, and viewers can see the shattered pieces as the camera focuses in on them. “I also take back my role as parent to my children,” the mother shouts as her children stand by and curse at her and yell at her. “I refuse to be cursed. I refuse to be disobeyed. I take back my role as your parent,” the mother fires back as she orders the cameraman to pan a shot of her three sullen children. One of the children then offers the cameraman the middle finger in response.