Girl takes her dad to court to go to school trip

- June 23, 2008

Child discipline is a hot topic these days because of a news story coming out of Quebec: a Quebec court judge ruled a father didn't have the right to punish his 12-year-old daughter by preventing her from going on a school trip.

Madam Justice Suzanne Tessier of the Quebec Superior Court sided with the Grade 6 student who challenged, in court, her father's decision to ground her. The girl had been living with her father—the parents are divorced—and he forbade her to attend a school trip after she disobeyed his instructions to stay off the Internet.

What do you think? Did the court undermine a parent's effort to discipline his child? Is there symbolic weight to this ruling?

READ: Father knows best, not the court in The Globe and Mail


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