Telling a child "No" comes with inherent risks. Still, even if one with limited self-control and the wrath of a viking gets wild, no one expects it to have massive legal, financial, or even potentially lethal consequences. Everyone was shocked, for example, when ...
A Five-Year-Old Burned Down A Duplex
Most parents are just trying their best in a horrifying world of snot and YouTube, so they don't need the judgment of strangers. But you have to admit that the mother of this Ohio child made some very questionable choices. Like whatever led police to state that all of her children should have "charges filed on them, or if not all, they're all on probation." In this instance, she went shopping after an argument with her five-year-old son, apparently leaving him at home unsupervised. Oh, he had also threatened to burn the house down. Guess what happened while she was gone?
It wasn't exactly a tough case to crack, as the boy was seen running from the burning building with a lighter in hand, hopefully in slow motion while accompanied by the Kidz Bop version of "In The Air Tonight." The local police chief assured the public that the boy wouldn't face criminal charges, but did suggest that he might have to attend a "fire prevention course," beginning with some Remedial Frankensteining.
The duplex had to be completely torn down. Which kinda sucked for the other family living in it, who had nothing to do with the whole mess.
A 12-Year-Old Sued Her Father Over A Grounding (And Won)
When you hear about a child suing their parent, you probably assume the adult did something truly despicable, like stealing all an actor's money. That's not what happened here. A Quebecois father discovered his 12-year-old daughter had been using the internet in an "inappropriate" way, so he grounded her from her sixth-grade graduation trip to Quebec City. Fair enough, right?