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. 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.
Unbelievably, the judge, Justice Suzanne Tessier, decided the punishment was too severe, and basically severed this father’s parental authority. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.
Evidently, the girl’s Internet transgression was just the latest in a pattern of broken house rules.
Obviously, this situation should never have been accepted for adjudication. Obviously, this judge has taken leave of her common sense. Obviously, this judge should lose her position. Obviously, this is going to undermine parenting in Canada, and anywhere else such nonsense is permitted.
By the way, there’s a twist to this story – one which may explain the judge’s behavior. The court-appointed lawyer who represented this child is the same lawyer who has been involved in the child’s parents’ 10 year custody battle! If I were suspicious, I might wonder if this judge is a feminist type who identified with the mom as a co-oppressee and misused judicial power to support women – right or wrong. Not an accusation, you understand, but just an attempt at understanding the unacceptable.