Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Wrong Right

Shawna took advantage of the momentary silence during the conversation with her father about the vulgar emails from Rik. "Mom violated my rights, Daddy. I don't have to take this kind of abuse. I could move out if I wanted, and she couldn't do a thing about it." Jon cocked his head at her suspiciously. "What are you getting at, Shawna?" The look on his face revealed that he knew exactly what she was getting at. "You know," she said matter-of-factly. "The Child's Rights Act (CRA). I know all about it. You've used it to get kids at your school out of bad home situations. The school counselor told me so."

"Shawna, the CRA was designed to protect teenagers from abusive parents," Jon argued. "People who beat or rape or steal from their kids, people who force their kids into performing occult rituals or dealing drugs. It's not an excuse for kids to leave home whenever there's a disagreement or conflict." "But if a kid's rights have been violated, that's abuse. The counselor said so."

1 comment:

Melissa said...

It is scary how real life this is and how out of control it could be.