The Australian Family Association has joined Dutch child protection authorities in raising concerns about a New Zealand-born teenager's bid to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe.Click through for more.
"Being cut off from parents and peers and all sorts of other social stimulus or interaction just seems to me quite crazy," a spokesman for the association, John Morrissey, a long-time secondary school teacher, told the ABC.
Laura Dekker, 13, expects to hear a court decision overnight tomorrow (NZ time) on whether she should be taken into care to stop her setting off on the solo voyage next month when she turns 14.
The Dutch Council for Child Protection has applied to the District Court in Utrecht to be granted temporary custody of Dekker if her parents do not put a stop to her trip.
Dekker has requested her municipality to de-register her as a resident so that she can move to New Zealand, where she was born on a yacht, but the De Volkskrant newspaper reported her New Zealand passport has expired.
So what do you think dear readers, Nanny State(s) interfers again or sensible curbing of unwise parenting?
And would the reaction have been different had it been a boy? (I think not, but am interested in your thoughts)