Teen Spanked On Youtube Found Shot Dead
Michael Taylor, ridiculed by uncle for gangbanging, shot dead in New Orleans
The notorious #Facebookuncle video where a man whupped his nephew for participating in gang activity and posted it online has seemed to back fire. The teen who received the embarrassing spanking was found shot dead in New Orleans.
16-year old Michael Taylor's name went down in infamy earlier this year when his uncle caught him pledging allegiance to gangs on Facebook. Insisting that he was raised better than that and that their family didn't do gangs, Taylor's uncle made him denounce his gang ties via webcam, proceeded to spank him and then told him to "Facebook that!' The video soon went viral drawing plenty of comments and laughs along the way.
Apparently, Taylor did not get the joke.
After the video, Taylor's mother Kimberly Ward says she kept strict ties on her son, not even allowing him to leave the house beyond her eyesight. But on December 7 he stepped outside after receiving a text from a friend. Moments later shots were fired.
"She said she called him back inside a few minutes later to find out what was going on, and he told her he was just talking and went back outside. A few minutes later, her daughter received a text message saying that Taylor had been shot, and then another saying he was dead," the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. "Ward said she rushed from the house, driving around the neighborhood looking for her son, but didn't find him until she was coming back to her apartment complex. That's when she saw his body on the cold sidewalk, clad in the red sweatshirt she'd noticed when he left the house."
While many originally applauded the uncle's disciplary actions, some found it disturbing and are not surprised by this outcome.
"I am not surprised to hear that this young man's life has ended violently," said SpareTheKids.com founder Stacey Patton who insists black parents find other ways to discipline children outside of spanking. "When I saw the video, I kept thinking that by beating this youth, the uncle was setting him up for some kind of tragedy, either prison or an early grave."
Patton previously wrote a column for Loop 21 on the dangers of disciplining children via the world wide web.
Taylor's mother said that he was a mild-mannered kid that simply got caught up with the wrong crowd and usually found himself in trouble because of misunderstandings that usually had nothing to do with him.
"He was guilty by association," she said.