Meadowhall 'working closely' with jewellery store following upsetting viral video of girl's ear piercing

Meadowhall says it is ‘working closely’ with a jewellery store at the centre of a viral video of a girl getting her ears pierced.

Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 12:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 12:21 pm

The clip, which was uploaded over the weekend by a mum to her personal Facebook page, shows a distressing scene unfolding at 'Lovisa' jewellery in the popular shopping centre.

Now, Meadowhall has issued a statement to say that it is aware of the clip.

A spokesperson for Meadowhall said: “Our team picked this up with Lovisa as soon as the footage was brought to our attention, and we are working closely with both Lovisa and the police.”

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A police investigation has been launched after a video of a young girl having her ears pierced at Lovisa in Meadowhall went viral

Taken on October 17, the 30-second video appears to show a young child who is distraught and resisting having her ears pierced.

Two adult women sitting on the floor both hold the child still and try to comfort her as a member of staff pierces her ears while another member of staff watches on.

The girl shrieks and can be heard saying “no no no” multiple times.

South Yorkshire Police is now looking into the incident to “understand the full circumstances” of the clip.

Yesterday, officers also thanked the public for sharing an appeal to find the owner of the footage.

The video has since sparked a debate among parents on social media, with some directing their outrage to Lovisa about children's consent.

The clip has also been met with anger by viewers who were concerned by the upset girl’s protests. One parent wrote she felt ‘physically sick’ while watching.

Lovisa has been contacted for a comment.