OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The MTV show “Teen Mom 2″ has many folks in Brunswick County talking and others afraid to. Jenelle Evans, 19, of Oak Island is one of the teen moms on the show. This week, viewers got to see a softer side of her.
This week, viewers saw the teen hit hard with the reality of a child custody battle. Jenelle’s mom Barbara said it’s no joke that she wants custody of Jenelle’s baby Jace, and she won’t stop until she gets it. During one encounter with her daughter, Barbara told Jenelle she needed to get a lawyer.
“I know how to get one,” Jenelle said. “I call them up and hire them. That’s all.”
Jenelle figured out it’s not that easy, and she found herself in over her head, even confessing to Southport lawyer Gina Cecil she sometimes smokes marijuana.
“I don’t drink,” Jenelle told the attorney during a consultation. “I’ve not touched any drugs in my life except marijuana, but i mean i don’t do it that much. OK?”
By the end of the episode, Jenelle asks her mom if she can move back home with her and the baby. Her mom lets her come back, but makes Jenelle promise to help with the baby.
Kim Pitts, a resident of Oak Osland, said Jenelle’s mother is just making things worse.
“The parents of these children taking care of their babies. it very much enables them to do what they wanna do,” Pitts said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Another Oak Island resident, Felicia Maziarz, agreed. She said it’s the parent’s responsibility to talk to their kids in the first place.
“I somewhat can put a blame on the parents not talking about it to their children before they actually go out and do it,” she said.
After seeing Jenelle threaten her mother on last week’s episode, many Oak Island residents we spoke with did not want to talk about the show because they are afraid of what the teen mom might do.
It seems on this episode Jenelle may finally be getting her act together due to a big dose of reality, but will it last? From recent reports of the MTV reality star getting busted with weed, it seems Jenelle’s is still struggling to get on track. We’ll keep a close eye on it and let you know next week.