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The world is most definitely doomed

Posted by Lissa on April 8, 2009


Today’s installment of things-that-never-should-have-gone-to-court:

A Quebec father who was taken to court by his 12-year-old daughter after he grounded her in June 2008 has lost his appeal.

Quebec Superior Court rejected the Gatineau father’s appeal of a lower court ruling that said his punishment was too severe for the wrongs he said his daughter committed. [snip]

Her punishment: she was banned from her Grade 6 graduation trip to Quebec City in June 2008, for which her mother had already granted permission.

The father — who had custody — withheld his written permission for the trip, prompting the school to refuse to let the girl go with her classmates.

That’s when the girl asked for help from the lawyer who represented her in her parents’ separation, and petitioned the court to intervene in her case.

“Going to court was a last resort,” said Lucie Fortin, a legal aid attorney who represented the girl. “The question was that there was a problem between the father and the mother, and the child asked the court to intervene because it was important to her.

Oh, yes, absolutely a last resort.  Except for talking with the school, a family therapist, a guidance counselor, trusted friends and family, or just expecting family members to resolve family disputes without involving lawsuits.

I’m thinking of two things now . . .

1) “Who denounced you?” said Winston.

“It was my little daughter,” said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. “She listened at the keyhole.  Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day.  Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh?  I don’t bear her any grudge for it.  In fact I’m proud of her.  It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway.

2) What in the HELL is wrong with people nowadays??

(h/t The Corner)

4 Responses to “The world is most definitely doomed”

  1. talker96 said

    I would ground her for taking me to court.

  2. Brad K. said

    Kinda reminds me of the plot line for Liam Neeson’s movie “Taken”. Daughter and wife portray father as stupid and obstructive – while deceiving and manipulating him. Result in the movie was one girl dead, Dad chasing mobsters around Paris, daughter nearly sold into slavery.

    If you have to ask, the answer may be yes, or may be no. When you ask parents for permission, “no” has *got* to be an acceptable answer. Otherwise the motions are a mere face-saving way to avoid liability law suits, manipulating parents to assume unreasonable risk.

    The courts erred, grievously, in not supporting the father’s decision, regardless of the reason or rationale.

    At this point I would grant the mother custody, the father release of all parental rights and responsibility including child support. If the mother and daughter are not going to acknowledge, before the courts, the father’s responsibility to make decisions – they deny he is the father. Legalize it, relieve him of the risks and liability of his scheming wife and daughter.

    Obviously the girl survived the crisis. She is still in court, 10 months after the life-critical, 6th grade outing.

  3. Bill Nance said

    That’s truly disturbing… I can’t count the number of times I banned my daughter’s TV privileges for instance. The very notion that some worthless POS lawyer would have taken up her PoV in a court case is just…no other word for it but shocking.

    I guess what’s saddest of all is that both Mom and Dad, who supposedly, whatever their differences both love their kid, didn’t provide adequate discipline so the kid would have never thought to have taken up the issue to “higher authority.” Every time I see stuff like this I get more respect for my ex. At least we both agreed that the interests of our kid came before anything else.

    For what it’s worth, spankings WORK. Do it when they’re little and after about age 8 you’ll never need to issue one again.

  4. totwtytr said

    I’m not sure we’re doomed yet, however I’m pretty sure Canada is. Which is shame as it was one of my favorite states.

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