On Christmas morning many years ago, when I was about six, I looked under the tree and found a present I had been yearning for – a dart gun.
I suppose my brother and I put up a target and started shooting. I suppose further (because I don’t remember clearly) that we broke a thing or two. The upshot was that my dad confiscated the gun and never gave it back. I was deeply hurt, it wrecked that Christmas for me and I have never forgotten.
I was reminded again when I read about the school teacher dad in Toronto who searched high and low for the perfect gift for his 15-year-old son. He bought a hard to get video game at an on line auction for $90.
After he came home from work, the father found “my innocent little boy smoking pot in the back yard with two of his delinquent friends.”
The father promptly confiscated the video game and proceeded to sell it on an on line auction for a reported $9,000. He said he did so to p unish his son and discourage him from smoking dope.
This transaction provoked a storm on the blogosphere. Some bloggers sided with the disgruntled father. Others accused him of “publicly humiliating” his son.
What do you think?