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Judge Offers Teen Reduced Sentence if She Cuts Hair in Court

Judge Offers Lighter Sentence if Teen Cuts Her Hair

Raising kids isn’t easy and parents may choose to discipline their children in a variety of different (sometimes crazy) ways. Well, it seems even judges are now getting in on the parenting game. To wit: a Utah juvenile court judge offered a reduced sentence to a convicted 13-year-old girl if her mother agreed to cut the girl’s hair.

District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen initially sentenced Kaytlen Lopan to 30 days in detention and 276 hours of community service for assaulting a three-year-old girl and cutting several inches of her hair while at a McDonald’s restaurant.

But then, Johansen offered mother Valerie Bruno the option of reduced community service if she agreed to cut Lopan’s ponytail off in court.

Bruno agreed and trimmed the girl’s hair, but later filed a formal complaint against Johansen. “I felt very intimidated,” explained Bruno. “An eye for an eye, that’s not how you teach kids right from wrong.”

What do you think? Did the punishment fit the crime in this case?

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