and not a privilege?  I honestly don’t know why I continue to be shocked or surprised by stories like the one below.  This child is the same age as my daughter, and I can’t imagine Jami pulling a stunt like this.  She doesn’t even have the “worldly” knowledge to know that such things are possible, as ridiculous as they may be.  I think if she did know there were children out there pulling stunts like this, she would probably have a similar reaction to this story as I did.  For the most part, she has a pretty sensible head on her shoulders, although I do see the glimmerings of a teenager every once in a while.  Sigh.

Court overturns father’s grounding of 12-year-old

Wed Jun 18, 2:08 PM ET

A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl’s grounding, overturning
her father’s punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the
Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday.

The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he
refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he
tried to block, and then posting “inappropriate” pictures of herself
online using a friend’s computer.

The father’s lawyer Kim Beaudoin said the disciplinary measures
were for the girl’s “own protection” and is appealing the ruling.

“She’s a child,” Beaudoin told AFP. “At her age, children test their limits and it’s up to their parents to set boundaries.”

“I started an appeal of the decision today to reestablish parental
authority, and to ensure that this case doesn’t set a precedent,” she
said. Otherwise, said Beaudoin, “parents are going to be walking on egg
shells from now on.”

“I think most children respect their parents and would never go so
far as to take them to court, but it’s clear that some would and we
have to ask ourselves how far this will go.”

According to court documents, the girl’s Internet transgression was
just the latest in a string of broken house rules. Even so, Justice
Suzanne Tessier found her punishment too severe.

Beaudoin noted the girl used a court-appointed lawyer in her
parents’ 10-year custody dispute to launch her landmark case against
dear old dad.

6 thoughts on “Since when did internet access become a right …

  1. I know this is for real, but wow! My daughter, at the age of 15 (she’s now 30) decided to sneak out of the house one night. I locked every window and door in the place so that she’d have to use the front doorbell to come in…she didn’t like that. She called the police and told them I locked her out. They came to my door and told me that I could be charged with ‘child abandonment’. I explained the situation…she wasn’t allowed to hang out with the girls she’d snuck out to ‘hang out’ with, and that I wanted her to enter through the front door when she came back. They didn’t care. They told me I could still be arrested. After that escapade, she decided she was going to do as she pleased because the law would back her up. HA! I went to kinko’s, I made an laminated sign that I hung in the kitchen with the Devision of Family Services number on it and under that I wrote “If you do not follow the house rules, call this number for a new home.” She never did call that guy will win now that it’s hit the media….I hope!


  2. @triciaplumley – I find a certain irony in this … who are the individuals that often cause law enforcement a great deal of trouble?  Undisciplined teenagers!  So perhaps by backing your daughter and threatening you with arrest they were ensuring job security?  


  3. Oh, my goodness…..that just makes me angry! A parent in our church who is having many problems with his kids, gave his 13 yr old daughter 2 pops with a paddle. It was because after he punished her by taking away something she bought (she would not go to bed when he told her, so she needed punishment), she slugged him in the face with a pillow. And the next day, she told the nurse at school that he popped her and they called CPS and the police. The cop told Amber that her dad did right, and that she was lucky he had not been there, because he (the cop) would have “torn her a– up.” The officer wrote up the report to say that the dad had done nothing wrong, but Amber had.


  4. @SingingMom – Wow, that police officer needs a commendation!  Bless his heart for standing up for the dad and his parental rights to train his daughter to be a decent human being.  Gives me hope that there are still some sensible people out there.  


  5. @TXMom2Jami – I think so, too. This father had already had his mother-in-law and sis-in-law make up charges against him to CPS, because he dares to try to raise his kids right. That officer wrote a letter to CPS telling them how this father was doing the right thing, and he had done nothing wrong. The cop went out of his way to help.


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