Lorraine Walls of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, wanted to change her 12-year-old daughter's behavior ASAP, but was the public humiliation helpful or hurtful? Before you judge this mother's tactics, watch this Facebook video of a mom scolding her daughter and weigh in.

Fed-up mom

First reported by cbs58.com, a Milwaukee mama was frustrated by her pre-teen daughter Lutisha's behavior and decided to record a video reprimanding the 12-year-old for her behavior. Lutisha was already walking on thin ice with her mom for being recently suspended from school for fighting and caught sneaking Facebook pages twice under fake names and birthdates, so when Walls discovered her daughter was bullying people, planning another fight and talking with a young boy on the social networking site, she decided to send a clear message — to her daughter and her online friends.

Viral Facebook video

In a YouTube video Walls posted on Facebook, the aggravated mother scolded Lutisha for her bad choices, having the young girl repeat statements like "I can't be on Facebook" and "I can't have a boyfriend." Walls told CBS58.com that her goal was not to hurt her daughter, but to save her from throwing away her chances to be somebody. And, while the viral Facebook video has already garnered 500,000 views, it was also met with mixed reviews.

Public humiliation met with mixed reviews

Many moms like Jenifer Arent, mother of two, give lots of support to Lorraine Walls for her actions. "Just saw video... if that is what it takes so the kid listens. It is really hard to be a parent now. Your child might only be in their room on the computer and you have no idea who they are playing with. So many fake accounts. My friends would come to the front door, knock on it and ask if I could play; you don't get to see today's friends."

I don't disagree with how the mother handled her daughter. I can't say I would have done better. Although, I do disagree with recording it and making it viral.

It's easy to see why Walls had had it, but were extreme measures necessary? "I don't disagree with how the mother handled her daughter. I can't say I would have done better. Although, I do disagree with recording it and making it viral," explains Brenda Clark, mother of three. "I would never embarrass my child that way. It should have been kept a private matter." Not surprisingly, though, plenty of parents agree that public humiliation was uncalled for. "I don't believe in public shaming," shares Heather Bortolamedi, mother of two. "I feel that parents should do their job and find the root of the disobedience. Love, understanding and compromise will bring your children closer. Humiliation will push them to solely follow their peers."

I believe all children are different and each needs to be raised differently. However, I felt like there was more anger than love.

Beyond the decision to post this YouTube video online, Kimberly Anthony, mother of five, is more upset by the emotion behind the decision. "This made me cry. I don't want to make a judgment about this mother. I believe all children are different and each needs to be raised differently. However, I felt like there was more anger than love. When I parent with any emotion other than love, I always regret it later."

What would you do? Many mamas wouldn't have handled it the same way themselves, but there's always a back story to consider. "Not how I would've handled it but every child is different and this could be a single mom who is away from the home and her kids, etc. so she can't always know what they are up to," sympathizes Elisabeth, mother of three. "Ideally you need to know what your kids are doing in their free time and supervise their computer time/electronic devices and know who their friends are. Maybe this mom felt that was her last resort since she'd tried to punish her before and it didn't work. When we are angry at our kids in the moment we don't always think straight."

You can only threaten a child so many times before you really need to follow through with what you say you are going to do punishment wise.

And Jennifer Mauzy, mother of two, expresses the same sentiment. "Wow not how I would handle it. But I think everyone has their own ways about things. Nobody knows what the mom is facing maybe being an only parent or how defiant the daughter has been and how many times she has had to warn not just about Facebook but other issues that weren't discussed. You can only threaten a child so many times before you really need to follow through with what you say you are going to do punishment wise. Again I wouldn't do that to my boys; I think there is enough pressure these days without adding that for your peers to tease your kids about."

You can view the original Facebook video of the mom scolding her daughter in its entirety and let us know — do you think she went too far by creating this viral YouTube video or was public humiliation just what the doctor ordered?

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