Thursday, June 19, 2008

Court Overturns Dad's Punishment-Oh Canada!

Even as a liberal and Democrat, I’m having a hard time understanding how this made it’s way into the courts and got a ruling besides, but it’s fun to read. According to the CBC:

A father plans to appeal after a Quebec court ruled that he didn't have the right to punish his 12-year-old daughter by banning her from a school trip.

Quebec Superior Court Madam Justice Suzanne Tessier ruled that the girl should be allowed to attend the three-day trip within Quebec this week. The girl's parents are divorced, and after she had an alleged row with her stepmother, the dad barred her from going on a school trip to mark the class's graduation from elementary school, the newspaper says.

Last Wednesday, the dad received a motion petitioning the court to overturn the punishment.
Two days later, the justice ruled that the punishment was too severe since the girl had already been sufficiently disciplined. The justice also said there was no reason for the punishment to stand, since the girl was now living with her mother, even though the father has custody. The father, who has four children, was "devastated," especially since the ruling came days before Father's Day.

This comment from a concerned CBC reader and Canadian:

You have got to be kidding! Court rules against father's grounding of 12 yr old daughter?

What's next? Arbitration over allowance?

note: photo not actual girl

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