Child Sues Mother, Where Has the Power Gone? - The UpStream

Child Sues Mother, Where Has the Power Gone?

posted Saturday Apr 10, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Child Sues Mother, Where Has the Power Gone?

Believe it or not, there once was a time when children respected their parents, obeyed orders without any questions, and would never get away with inadequate behavior. Well, that time is long gone. Teens these days have complete control over their parents. An Arkansas women, Denise New, will be sued for harassment by her 16-year-old son. The reason being, she hacked into his Facebook. According to the mother, she was well within her parental rights to monitor her underage son's Internet activity. The boy however, was outraged, stating "Denise first hacked my Facebook and changed the password...She also changed the password of my email so I could not change it," he continued on to say, "she posted things that involved slander and personal facts about my life." What gets me here, is the fact that the boy called his mother by her first name, that alone shows the level of disrespect. We all know how annoying it can be to have a parent as a friend on Facebook, but as a minor parents do have the right to monitor what is occurring in their home.

According to Arkansas Law, harassment is qualified as "A person who purposely harasses, annoys or alarms another person without good cause or repeatedly commits acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person." That seems like a pretty vague law. There would be many more lawsuits if everyone filed a complaint when they were "seriously annoyed."

The mother does not believe she did anything wrong, but is very upset that this is occurring. There is even talk about a restraining order being filed. This is expected to hit the courts on May 12. I am shocked it will be making it that far. If Denise New is found guilty, parents better be aware. I expect the courts to fill up with complaints after this. After all, if one kid could get away with it, why can't they all?


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