Denise New speaks to the local news about her son's charges against herAccording to Arkansas mom Denise New, if she is found guilty of harassment, as charged by her 16-year-old son, "It is going to be open season" on parents.
"The things he was posting in Facebook would make any decent parent's eyes pop out and his jaw drop," she said, in explanation of why she locked her son, Lane, out of his Facebook account, changing his password to keep him from logging in on his own. Hinting that there were many posts that put her over the edge, the elder New specifically pointed to one that detailed Lane driving home at 95 mph because he was angry at a girl.
"He had been warned before about things he had been posting," Denise said in defense of her actions, which she also specified didn't include "hacking" as her son left his laptop and Facebook account open at her house.
New's defense of stern parenting methods would probably make a lot more sense if she hadn't also posted statements about Lane on his account, statements which, according to her son, are slanderous. Add to this (admittedly, strange) story the fact that Lane New hasn't lived with his mother for five years-since a tough divorce left Denise with "mental problems" and an inability to give her son the supervision he needed-and well, things don't look pretty for anyone. On the one hand, you have a teen acting out in dangerous ways, and on the other, you have an absentee parent trying to establish authority through pretty questionable means.
The first hearing on the misdemeanor charges will be at the Clark County Courthouse in Arkansas on May 12.
While the New situation is fraught with complications, it brings up the question: How would you deal with a teen who let the world know about their dangerous behavior via Facebook?