I'm not quite sure which set of parents I want to strangle more in this stupid lawsuit -- the ones that sent their 14-year old kid to school with $335 worth of iPod and then sued the kid she loaned it to who subsequently left it where it could be (and was) stolen -- OR -- the parents who'd rather let their child be sued than admit she had a good chunk of responsibility for what happened.
In both cases, the messages that these parents are sending is horrible. The parents of little Shannon ought to be punishing her for being careless with her belongings and making her buy a new iPod out of her own money. The parents of little Stephanie should be making the darling child offer at least partial, if not full restitution -- not because she's legally responsible, but because she's morally responsible.
Would you want your kids to think that they can recoup losses due to their own carelessness by suing every time they had something lost or stolen? Or would you want them to learn responsibility for their own possessions and actions?
The parents all need some common sense (is that becoming an oxymoron?) knocked into them. And the kids need some parents with some real discipline skills.
Sometimes I fear for the next generation. I really do.
And I suppose whoever did this thought they were being funny. Idiots!