FI404-Canadian court manipulated by 12 year old

19 June 2008 4:59 Family Integrity #404 — Canadian court manipulated by 12 year old

Greetings all,
This story from Canada reveals the extent to which government bureaucrats’ opinions of their own powers can grow totally out of proportion. They have no respect for parental authority.
Craig Smith
Family Integrity
Dad grounds daughter, but court ungrounds her

‘Parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on’

Posted: June 18, 2008
10:01 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

A court has overturned a father’s penalty for his daughter for disobeying his orders to avoid the Internet – the cancellation of a school trip, according to a new report.

According to Agence France-Presse, Justice Suzanne Tessier in Quebec Superior Court ordered the grounding for the 12-year-old girl lifted, prompting the father’s lawyer, Kim Beaudoin, to warn, “Parents are going to be walking on egg shells from now on.”

The father had ordered the daughter, who was not identified by the report, to remain off the Internet. She didn’t, chatting on websites her father had tried to block and then posting “inappropriate” pictures of herself online, using a friend’s Internet portal.

As punishment, the father refused to let her go on a scheduled school trip, so the 12-year-old went to Canada’s judicial system to get her way.

Beaudoin told AFP the punishment was for her own protection, and he is pursuing an appeal.

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

The lawyer said she’ll try to “re-establish” parental authority and to make sure the judge’s opinion doesn’t set a precedent.

“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,” Beaudoin said.

Court records indicated the 12-year-old’s violation of her home’s Internet rules was just one in a list of instructions that she had violated. But Tessier said the punishment was just too much.

The girl reportedly had access to the courts using a court-appointed attorney who represented her in her parents’ custody dispute.

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