But you see, you ARE their PARENT and therefore that is your judgment and choice. Both of Laura's parents, who are very experienced sailors and know her better than any government body, have decided that she can indeed make this trip.
No, I get that PCP. But even though I am my kids' parent and can raise them pretty much any way I want, I'm still beholden to that law that protects them as minors. That's my point.
It's not JUST about my judgement as a parent. It's about the law. If I'm making decisions that put them in real danger, someone needs to step in (okay - that's a whole other thread, but let's stay focused here).
Don't get me wrong, I don't really give much of a damn about government personally. And the less I have to deal with it the better. BUT, I also appreciate that laws are necessary things. Porc rightly pointed that out.
If parents are making good decisions regarding the welfare of their children, the law isn't needed. But that's not always the case. And that's why it's there.
And I think that's why the government stepped in in this case. It seems to me they have to...by law.
So again...what is the answer Dirt's question?
PS - Tom, the big difference I see personally is that your daughter was not alone - nor are the young gymnasts. They have adult supervision to whatever level. That's not solo - and it's not, I don't think, as life-or-death as a circ.