The debate on pranks is real, with people tending to fall into one of two passionate camps: those who are for them and those who are against them. While some say that a well-crafted prank can be lighthearted fun, others maintain that it’s never okay to have a laugh at someone else’s expense.
It seems like a court agrees with those in the later camp when it comes to pranking your children. Especially when those “pranks” are actually pretty cruel.
In case you haven’t heard, Mike Martin and his second wife Heather made headlines recently when videos they made of themselves pranking Mike’s two youngest children went viral on the DaddyoFive YouTube channel. We use the term ‘prank’ lightly, mind you. These clips showcased things like the parental figures telling nine-year-old Cody that he was being given up for adoption, or smashing his Xbox.
Following an onslaught of online backlash and criticism over their actions, the couple apologized in a late April video, saying that the family was in counselling, following a post in which they yelled and swore at Cody for spreading ink around his room, when it fact he had not; Heather had.
“I understand and acknowledge and respect how everyone feels,” Mike, who is estimated to have made more than $200,000 from the channel in a year, said. “We put things on the Internet that should not be there and did things we should not do.”
The dad maintains that the videos were largely faked, but he has since taken them down.
The apology and those actions weren’t enough for Cody and 12-year-old Emma’s biological mother, Rose Hall, however. The mom and her lawyer posted their own video on Monday, to update everyone that she had emergency custody of the children, and that they were doing well.
“They’re getting back to their playful selves,” she says in the clip. “[It’s] very heartbreaking and disturbing to see my kids abused.”
No word on where things currently stand with the alleged abuse and whether Mike and Heather will get custody back, but we’re sure we haven’t heard the last of this family.