This had to do wonders for their special twirl at the father-daughter dance, but it appears a 12-year-old girl who was grounded sued her father over the punishment and … won.
Why a court even bothered to take this case, I don’t know — but not one, but two Canadian courts now have ruled that the grounding went too far.
It all started with the Internets, of course.
As punishment for using the computer against her dad’s rules, the girl was not allowed to go on a special school trip. The girl contacted her parents’ divorce lawyer, sued and a court ruled last year that because there was a conflict between the father and mother — mom had already approved the trip — the girl could go.
The dad appealed, lost and, well, this news story says it best:
“In its Monday ruling, the appeal court warned the case should not be seen as an open invitation for children to take legal action every time they’re grounded.”
I can already imagine hordes of pre-pubescent petitioners, lining up at their county clerks office at even the slightest whiff of punishment.
Thank you, Canada. You just made parenting teenagers so much easier.