Verifying that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, a father ended up having the discipline he placed on his 12 year old daughter overturned by a judge in Canada.
The girl’s parents were involved in a custody dispute, and the girl used a court appointed lawyer to make the case that the punishment that her father was placing for her disobedience was too severe.
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 . . .
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.
Personally, I have a problem with this on many levels.
The obvious is, why does the court have the right to dictate grounding for a child? The only logical reason that I can come up with is that because there is some kind of custody dispute the mother is encouraging the girl to rack up complaints against the father. One wonders what the current custody arrangement is.
The second is, what would be a reasonable punishment? The girl is going to friend’s houses to upload inappropriate photos of herself. Obviously she does not have a good set of friends, and it appears that the father is trying to protect her.
Now, we must be clear that we only have one side of this story, but from the looks of what has been presented this is a gross example of government overreach—or should the government have the right to tell parents that they put their child in too long of a time out?