This case arises from what is apparently a long-running feud between Anthony Stamness and Christian Svedberg, both minors…. Testimony indicated that Stamness and others referred to Svedberg as “Dumbo,” a cartoon elephant with unusually large ears, and Stamness had, on one occasion, stated, “You had better watch it Dumbo or I will kill you.” ...The court upheld the order. This is silly. Whatever happened to the dads having a man-to-man talk? It would be better to settle this dispute with a fistfight than going to court.
This case tells a sad tale of parents who failed to parent and school administrators who failed to administer. As a result, a child who should have been disciplined at home and at school, instead, was restrained by a district court from saying “Dumbo” to another child, building snowmen with big ears, and threatening and harassing the other child. He faces up to one year in prison if he violates the restraining order….
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Forbidden to make a snowman with big ears
From a N. Dakota appeals court decision: