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.