CONTROVERSY: Girl, 7, rides on back of motorcycle from school

Image courtesy Mallory Torres via Facebook/WMC Action News5

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (WFLA) – A photo of a little girl on the back of a motorcycle is stirring a debate on social media.

The image that is going viral this week is out of Corpus Christi in Texas. It shows a girl in a full helmet with a pink backpack and sneakers to match riding behind a man on a sports motorcycle. The photo was posted by the girl’s mother on Facebook. WMC Action News5 out of Tennesee aired a story about the photo last week. The Facebook post  has been shared about 30,000 times to date.

The girl’s mother Mallory Torres, a small business owner in Corpus Christi, explains in her Facebook post that her daughter is riding with the woman’s boyfriend who has more than 20 years of experience. The 7-year-old is in full gear, her mother points out in the post. The girl loves to ride and the woman and her boyfriend regularly allow her to ride from school. The woman says in her post:

She also wants a bike of her own which is why we AS PARENTS feel the need to give her as much passenger riding experience as possible before she is allowed to ride on her own.

Torres recognizes that some may find this dangerous but she argues that playing sports may be dangerous for the children as well. She says:

“But she can get hurt”. -yes, but how many times has your child gotten a bruise, scrape, or hell even a broken bone from a sport? Want to know how many MY daughter has had? Zero. That’s right. NOT ONE SCRAPE, BUMP OR BRUISE from riding.

She also says that she and her boyfriend are not bad parents at all, they both work from home, actively raise their children and rarely even use babysitters. She finished her post with this statement:

THERE IS NO POINT IN BEING ALIVE IF YOU AREN’T LIVING!!!❤ ‪#‎isupportmychildonabike‬

According to WMC Action News5, it is not illegal in Texas for a 7-year-old in a full helmet to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle. Tennessee laws are also not based on age. In Florida, there is no age restriction for children to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle.

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