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    Default Judge orders mum to cut daughter's hair

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/848...daughters-hair

    Judge orders mum to cut daughter's hair

    A judge in the US told a Utah mother to cut off her daughter's pony tail in order to secure a lesser sentence for the 13-year-old.


    Kaytlen Lopan appeared in juvenile court after she and an 11-year-old friend cut the hair of a three-year-old girl they met at a McDonald's in Price, Utah, the Deseret News reports.


    District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen sentenced Kaytlen to serve 30 days in detention, pay damages to the victim and serve 276 hours of community service at a May 28 hearing.


    However, the judge gave Kaytlen's mother, Valerie Bruno, the option of cutting her daughter's hair on the spot for a 150-hour reduction in her community service.


    She took up the offer but has since expressed regret saying she wanted her daughter to be punished but "never dreamt it would be that much of a punishment".
    The victim's mother was satisfied with the sentence, adding her daughter's hair had never been cut before.


    Judge Johansen asked her if she was happy with the amount of hair Ms Bruno chopped off her daughter's head.


    Ms Bruno claimed to have filed a complaint against the court but the court said it had that no complaint had been lodged over the incident.


    She said she knew her rights but was intimidated by the judge.


    "An eye for an eye, that's not how you teach kids right from wrong."


    Kaytlen's co-accused was also ordered to have her hair cut but was allowed to do have it done by a professional outside of court.


    Sources: Deseret News, KSL
    Author: Martin Zavan. Approving editor: Will Jackson.

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    Personally, I am not sure how I feel about the eye for an eye part. I am not quite a mum yet (38 weeks pregnant). I would like to hear what you think, especially those with 13 year old daughters.

    When I was 13 I knew right from wrong. I knew right from wrong a lot earlier than that. In fact I was always saying "you will get in trouble for that" to my older brother when I was 6+... The part I have a problem with is where the mother says "An eye for an eye, that's not how you teach kids right from wrong." But the mum obviously hasnt taught her daughter right from wrong??

    Anyway, would like to know what you think :-)

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    A 13 and 11 year old should know better and to do it to a 3 year old!
    I have to admit tho the first thing that came into my mind was "where did they get scissors?"
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    I can't believe two children went to court for cutting someone's hair.

    Really?

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    Yeah seriously, cutting another kid's hair is deemed court worthy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyflower View Post
    I can't believe two children went to court for cutting someone's hair.

    Really?
    That's what I thought. Ok if it was my child I'd be miffed, miffed enough to speak to the girls parents and express how angry I was. But taking it to court?

    As to the mother saying the sentence (cutting her DD's hair) was too harsh? while I think the ruling was a bit bizarre it's just hair lol although being in Utah maybe the 13 yo is a mormon/FLDS where they aren't allowed to cut their hair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyflower View Post
    I can't believe two children went to court for cutting someone's hair.

    Really?
    If two older unknown kids/ teenagers cut the hair of one of my children I would be pressing charges. The way I read the article is they 'met' the 3 year old at a Mcdonalds and I am assuming that is where the hair was cut, the children were not known to each other. It is assault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbo View Post
    If two older unknown kids/ teenagers cut the hair of one of my children I would be pressing charges. The way I read the article is they 'met' the 3 year old at a Mcdonalds and I am assuming that is where the hair was cut, the children were not known to each other. It is assault.
    I wouldn't take it to court though. For assault yes, hair cutting no. I think it's a waste of the courts time. JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyflower View Post
    I can't believe two children went to court for cutting someone's hair.

    Really?
    It's America. Nothing surprises me anymore!

    If it was me, I'd be quite cross and would have words, but take it to court? Waste of time and money.

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    I heard this story a while ago. From what I could tell from the version I heard, the 13 year old and 11 year old didn't try to give the 3 year old a haircut or anything like that; it was done with malicious intent. Hence, assault.

    When I heard the punishment, I actually thought, "Good. She deserves to have all her hair cut off too." Plus the mother didn't have to do it, she could have taken the longer community service punishment.

    I don't know what she's b*tching about. Hair grows back, and my impression from the other version I heard is that the daughter's a nasty piece of work. I wish I knew where I heard/read it...

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    I'd be furious. I don't know that I'd take it to court though!

    But if I'm honest, I think an abject lesson was definitely required in this case. A teenager is old enough to know that cutting a child's hair is NOT something that they should do, and to do it to a young child is just not on.
    Normally I'm not an eye for an eye type, but I know what I was like as a teenager. If something didn't get me drastically embarrassed, I'd shrug it off. I think in this case, the chances that she would ever do it again are slim to nil. So is it a good punishment? Perhaps not. But very likely effective.

    That being said, had that been MY three year old, I'd have been seriously tempted to cut the teens hair off then and there in the restaurant to teach her a lesson. Whether or not I'd really try it is another story, but DARN would I ever be tempted!

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