Judge orders mother to cut daughter’s hair in court
TO Utah, where District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen tells Valerie Bruno that she can cut off 13-year-old daughter Kaytlen Lopan’s ponytaol “right now” with official scissors or justice and reduce the teenager’s sentence.
Kaytlen Lopan had cut off a three-year-old’s hair at a McDonald’s. She and an 11-year-old accomplice bought scissors for the job. Kaytlen has issues. The judge merely has an offer: mum cuts Kaytlen’s hair or else Kaytlen spends an extra 150 hours in detention.
Bruno should be delighted. But she says:
“She definitely needed to be punished for what had happened. But I never dreamt it would be that much of a punishment.”
A haircut is punishment for attacking a three-year-old in public?
The toddler’s mother, Mindy Moss, was asked if Bruno had cut enough off? “No,” said Moss. “My daughter’s hair that had never been cut, that was down to [the middle of her back], was cut up to here [her jaw].”
Judge Johansen told Bruno to “take it off clear up to the rubber band“.
Johansen let the 11-year-old girl have her hair cut in a a salon. Bruno is aggrieved:
“I guess I should have went into the courtroom knowing my rights because I felt very intimidated. An eye for an eye, that’s not how you teach kids right from wrong.”
A 13-year-old who doesn’t already know it’s wrong to cut a stranger’s hair, moreover a toddler’s, might need more drastic teaching than most.
The report adds:
Kaytlen also admitted to charges in another case rising from eight months of phone calls she made to a Colorado teen that included threats of rape and mutilation.
The toddler seems to have gotten off lightly…