This time the insanity comes from a court in Quebec. It seems the courts in the great white north are deciding what punishments are appropriate when a parent grounds a child.
The 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 used a free, court appointed attorney to appeal the punishment- the father had grounded her from participating in a school trip- the judge in the case ruled that the punishment was too harsh.
The girl had chatted on websites he tried to block, and then posted "inappropriate" pictures of herself online using a friend's computer. Couple this with the article discussed here, where a thirteen year old girl has been lying about her age in order to have sex with men, who are then thrown into jail when they find out the girl's true age and contact her parents, and we see that the children of today are learning how to play the system.
This is a "Lord of the Flies," or even a "Children of the Corn" system where parents are unable to control their children or teach them right from wrong, but are still legally responsible for what they do. What we wind up teaching them is that right is what you can get away with, and wrong merely means you got caught and couldn't wriggle free on a legal technicality.
Shame on all of us for allowing our legal systems to become so twisted.