Sound Off: Involuntary ear piercing
At a local store, a mother was holding a little girl who was throwing a fit while the clerk attempted to pierce her ear. Did the clerk have no legal duty to stop when the little girl was clearly not giving permission?
State law holds the parent responsible, not the clerk, according to a legal specialist at the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. A minor must have written permission from a parent to get a tattoo or a piercing from a licensed professional in the state of Kansas, but there is nothing that says a child must give permission themselves. If the parent were breaking the law, it would be a matter for the police or the Kansas Department for Children and Families.