If you felt soooo “intimidated” in the moment, then why did you wait till AFTER you cut your kid’s hair off to speak up??
That would be my first response to Valerie Bruno of Price, of Utah, who has filed a formal complaint against the juvenile court judge who, in May, offered to reduce her 13-year-old daughter’s sentence if she would cut off her daughter’s ponytail in court.
Talk about eye for an eye!
Scott Johansen, a judge in Utah’s 7th District, ordered Bruno’s daughter, Kaytlen Lopan, to serve 30 days in detention and perform 276 hours of community service for cutting off a 3-year-old’s hair.
Police reports indicated that, Lopan and her 11-year-old friend “endeared themselves” to the 3-year-old girl at McDonald’s in Price, then used scissors to “cut several inches of hair from the little girl’s head.”
Um. That’s not okay. The poor kid is only three–it took her her whole life to grow that hair! Just to drop her back down to infant hair status…
Bruno agreed her teen should be punished, but I doubt she ever
expected the judge to present this sort of plea deal:
“I’m going to give you this option: I will cut that by 150 hours if you want to cut her hair right now,” Johansen said in court.
“Me, cut her hair?” Bruno asked.
“Right now,” the judge said. “I’ll go get a pair of scissors and we’ll whack that ponytail off.”
Bruno reluctantly agreed.
Mindy Moss, mother of the 3-year-old with no hair (hey now, where where you when your kid was getting the super cuts treatment?!), according to the Associated Press, approved of the sentence. (big. shocker.)
What is kind of a shocker is that the 11-year-old co-hort, was
“allowed to go to a salon to have it done, then return to the courtroom to ensure that the new hairstyle met with the judge’s approval.”
What’s up with that?