Thursday, June 19, 2008

12 year olds running their families?

Dan over at Biblical Christianity pointed my way over here.

Have to admit...I find this a bit nuts. Not TOO unexpected in some ways coming from Quebec, but all the same...a bit nuts.

MONTREAL, June 18 (UPI) -- An appeal will be filed in a Montreal court after a Quebec judge overruled a father who grounded his 12-year-old daughter for dangerous Internet use.

The lawyer for the father, who can't be identified to protect the girl, told The Gazette newspaper that Justice Suzanne Tessier overstepped the court's bounds last Friday when she ruled in favor of the girl's legal challenge and said she would be allowed to go on a school trip her father had forbidden because of misbehavior.

"I don't think this tribunal was the proper forum for a decision like this one," lawyer Kim Beaudoin said. "If we don't learn at the age of 12 there are rules to follow, when do we?"

He said he was preparing an appeal based on the fact the judge acknowledged the girl's repeated defiance of her father's house rules.

They included bypassing security settings to block Web sites the father didn't trust, then using a friend's computer to access those sites. Beaudoin said the girl also posted online photos of herself "inappropriate for a child her age," the report said.

Just trying to imagine a court overturning a grounding of a defiant 12 year old. Dad says no field trip, child rebells and says I'll force you to let me go, and proceeds to do just that through the court system. A grounding folks....a "hey, you did something you know you weren't to do, and as a result you lose something that you wanted to do". Not a spanking, beating, starvation, locked in a room, and so forth, just a you can't go on a school field trip!!!!!!!

The court should have imposed a stronger punishment on her I think.

It's taken away all the rights of the father in one fell swoop. What recourse does he have now in disciplining this defiant child?

Part of me wonders what happened prior to do that the child has gotten so defiant, but ARGH!!!! what is the court system coming to when 12 year olds are allowed to, and in fact, encouraged to by this case, to run their families?


Claudia said...

Hey, while she's gone on the field trip he can sell the computer as an alternate consequence.

Annette said...

Wonder if he even thought about that. I'd have been inclined to remove it after the first incident.