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There's so much talk about how irresponsible teenagers are. However, there are some teenagers who might even give some adults a "run for their money" when it comes to responsibility. Is Abby Sutherland one of them? Unlike many her age, she believes that having goals in life - and acting upon them - is important. Sadly, she failed to achieve her goal. (If you want to read her blog which describes when problems began, start with her June 9 post.) Did her parents make the right decision by allowing her to pursue her goal, even at the risk of death? Should Child Protective Services take custody of Abby based on her parent's decision, or should we praise them for raising such a responsible child?

FTA: "While having goals in life is important, how far is too far? 16 year old Abby Sutherland has been found after having been reported lost at sea. She was trying to make a solo trip around the world in a 40 foot boat... If she'd been killed (which is a very strong possibility in a trip like this) would it have been worth it? No matter how "mature" she may be, she's not an adult... If her parents allowed her to make this trip and she HAD been killed, could/should the courts charge her parents with negligence? As an adult, making a choice to make a trip like this is a different matter, but should parents allow a child to do this? Where do you draw the line?"

Abby Sutherland: Would you allow your child to make this trip?


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Jul 22, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=269

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