Judge torpedoes teen dreams

A Dutch court has forbidden Laura Dekker, a 13 year-old girl, from setting sail on her planned solo round-the-world voyage. Instead the state has been granted temporary custody and she will be assessed by a team of psychologists in order to see if she has the maturity and mental ability to take on such a challenge.

I strongly suspect, however, that should Ms Dekker have announced that she was launching a pop career instead of a boat and it was going to be steered by adults intent on exploiting her age for profit rather than by her, then her decision would have been greeted with breathless endorsements instead of shock and outrage.

If a judge can save a 13 year-old from herself why can’t one save us from this shit?


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  1. […] the world at the tender age of 13. In her case a Dutch judge stepped in (you can read the post here Judge torpedoes teen dreams) and made her a ward of the state in order to prevent her making the voyage. 16 year old […]

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