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Judge Orders Young Girl’s Hair To Be Cut In Court As Punishment For Her Crime

A judge orders two girls to cut their hair in court.

Two juvenile Utah girls were sentenced to 30 days in detention and 276 hours of community service after they cut the long curls of a 3 year-old at a local McDonald’s while her guardian wasn’t looking. However, it was the Judge’s compromise that is causing a stir after he offered them a lesser sentence to cut their hair right then and there.

“She definitely needed to be punished for what had happened,” the 13 year-old’s mother, Valerie Bruno told KSL.

“But I never dreamt it would be that much of a punishment.”

The 11 year-old and 13 year-old were playing with the girl at a local McDonald’s when one of them had the idea to cut the 3 year-old’s hair. After asking and being turned down for a pair of scissors by McDonald’s employees, the two young girls then ran across the street and purchased a pair from the dollar store. When they returned, they proceeded to take turns cutting the little girl’s hair.

“It was beautiful, it was long, it had natural curl, and now it’s cut up to here,” said the victim’s mother, Mindy Moss, gesturing to her jaw line according to KSL.

After the police were called and a report filed, the girls were ordered to juvenile court where they were originally sentenced to their 30 days in detention and 276 hours of community service.

After the mother of the defendant expressed concern about her daughter having to labor with the work crew, the Judge then offered her a 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,” Judge Johansen said.

“Right now,” the judge said. “I’ll go get a pair of scissors and we’ll whack that ponytail off.”

After accepting the deal, The Judge then proceeded to acquire the scissors and lop off a section of the 13 year-old’s hair. The victim’s mother was even asked if it was short enough, with which she replied:

“No, my daughter’s hair that had never been cut, that was down to (the middle of her back), was cut up to here.”

After all was said and done, the 13 year-old and the 11 year-old both had the majority of their hair cut from their heads and will forever remember the repercussions of their actions.

Later regretting her decision to accept the Judge’s compromise, the 13 year-old’s mother wished that she had sought legal council before entering the court room.

“I guess I should have went into the courtroom knowing my rights, because I felt very intimidated,” she said. “An eye for an eye, that’s not how you teach kids right from wrong.”

Do you think the girls deserved the punishment that they received?

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157 Responses to “Judge Orders Young Girl’s Hair To Be Cut In Court As Punishment For Her Crime”

  1. Elizabeth Dewey

    There are some facts missing in your article. The 13 year old had that extensive of a sentence because she was also in trouble for threatening to rape and mutilate another teenage for 8 months over the phone. This child is a bully and her mother is not helping the situation by second guessing her punishment. She could have said no. She could have had her daughter do all of the work hours. The 11 year old only had to get her hair cut. She did not have as bad of a sentence because she did not have other charges against her. Valarie Bruno is doing nothing more than letting the nation know what a bully her child is and what a crappy parent she is.

    The 3 year olds mother was not even at McDonalds at the time. The little girl was there with her grandfather playing in the play place. Those little girls conspired to cut the little girls hair and kept the chunks as a trophy. Now the 13 year olds mother is letting her know what she did was okay by going against the punishment. I've been in front of that same judge myself as a teenager. He is fair and gives appropriate punishments for the crimes committed.

  2. Caitlin Cleverly

    They deserve that punishment… What kind of parents do they have being brought up to think that was an acceptable behavior?

  3. Paula Renee Castleman

    They had no problem wacking that little girls hair off, what is wrong with the punishment they got? They aren't 2 year olds and they knew exactly what they were doing was wrong. Maybe they will think twice in the future when they want to do something stupid.

  4. Janet Pohl Powell

    Yes, they were old enough to know better and showed they had no respect for another person. The problem today is that kids are not taught to take responsibility for their actions. People need to learn to think before they act.

  5. Janis Henson

    So how do we punish the children of today that have gone amok and are creating chaos? Apparently the mother of the girl doesn't know or she would have punished her daughter for being such an evil little bitch. Personally I think that judge rocks.

  6. Joan Cronin

    the judge surely made the right choice good going judge guess the girls will think twice before making a stupid choice.my heart go out to the mother of the little girl.

  7. Mildred Manzi

    I totally agree with the judges decision to cut their hair, not only did they think about cutting the little girls hair, they actually went to the store and bought the scissors.n They had no respect for the little one, they wanted to cut her hair and they did. KUDOS TO THE JUDGE…………………

  8. Rosa Piccirillo

    They shouldn't have cried about the punishment if they didn't want their hair cut. Older children should know better. The parents should also be held responsible for their childrens actions. Even my 5 and 3 year old girls know not to play with scissors and not to cut their own or anyone elses hair. Parents get your shit together and raise your children right!

  9. Sabrina Brie Hill

    The got what they DESERVED for what they did to an innocent three year old. WAY TO GO JUDGE, you are one of the few GOOD ones.

  10. Marvel Knight

    More than fair. Kudos to the Judge. Wonder how short their hair would have been if they had given the scissors to the 3 yr old.

  11. Marvel Knight

    More than fair. Kudos to the Judge. Wonder how short their hair would have been if they had given the scissors to the 3 yr old.

  12. Tonya King

    I think it was fair. After all, it's just hair. It will grow back. They've had 11 and 13 years to grow theirs. That little girl was, what? 3? It wasn't her that wanted her hair cut; or even her mother. They had no right to touch her hair in that way and deserved what they got. They should be lucky he didn't demand they get buzz cuts.

  13. Paula Ruelas

    The punishment they received was well deserved and is a perfect way to teach them the error in their ways. Guaranteed they will never do something like that again.

  14. Edie Reynolds

    It's only hair for crying out loud. It will grow back. I think if more children were punished in this fashion, kids would definitely think twice. I can tell you right now, if I was one of those girls, my mother would have been first in line with the scissors. It's not like the judge cut of a hand, it's HAIR. Totally stupid of the one mother that "wished that she had sought legal council before entering the court room." The only reason she should have felt uncomfortable was because she didn't offer to cut her daughter's hair off before the judge did. A little shame goes a long way to teach a great lesson.

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/261314/judge-orders-girls-to-cut-hair/#BJe1HcZa8r7ieklq.99.

  15. Tina Stiffler

    I agree 100%. If that was my daughters hair that had been cut I would have been furious that some teenager had cut my daughter's hair. Further more if my teenage daughter cut a 3 year old's hair I wold have gladly cut the hair all of for the 3 year old.

  16. Jean Peterson

    They should have been shaved bald, what a bunch of morons.The teenager's mother showed no remorse for what her idiot daughter did, just another idiot that was able to breed but has no idea how to raise kids.

  17. Catherine Lee

    “But I never dreamt it would be that much of a punishment.”
    Seriously? With a self-absorbed mother like that no wonder the kid is such a brat.

  18. JoAnne Braley

    Great judge…the objection by the 13 yr. old's mother shows the kid wasn't brought up right to begin with (the cutter).

  19. Jazzmin Azazel Ruiz

    an eye for an eye. We'd have less crime in this world, if we had more judges like him.

  20. Tricia Morris Conner

    I think they should of had their hair cut off AND the first punishment as well. But what was the adult doing that she didn't notice the little girl getting her hair cut off by strangers? I don't take my eyes off my kids around strangers, kids or not.

  21. Lena Boylan-Rosio

    They should've had their head shaved. They had no right to even be around that little girl with scissors, let alone cut her hair. Where were all the parents? If they had enough time to go across the street, buy scissors, then cut her hair without anyone noticing right away. I the k the parents should've had the same deal to cut their own hair for not watching their children

  22. Lorraine Panagos

    Finally….. a judge with great common sense! I think he gave them an excellent punishment. They'll think twice before they take it upon themselves to do anything like that again without permission.

  23. Robert Brown

    Should have cut the mother's hair also. Might be it would have made an impression that a parent is supposed to RAISE their children, not just have them.

  24. Delisa Richardson

    Agreed! They went across the street to get the scissors to do it! That mom is part of the problem. They should have cut it AND given them the full sentence! I read another story saying these girls were also bullying someone in Colorado via telephone!

  25. Roberta Starkey Cozine

    Where the heck was the person watching the 3 year old if the girls had time to approach the staff, then go across the street and purchase scissors and then the actual haircut? You're talking at least 20 minutes the child was left unwatched. Cut her hair off too…

  26. Donna Read Collins

    He's the judge, what he says goes. It was fair. An eye for an eye.

  27. Linda Manrodt Vargas Garita

    wow, guess I stand alone, but I'm used to that. I don't think it was right that they cut the 3 year olds hair but where was the person who was with the 3 year old? no mention is made of the childs feeling about this, was she upset or did she like it. maybe it was just the mom that was upset.
    The thing is at 11 and 13 they are still lacking in judgement skills, maybe they even asked the 3 year old…. and they are at an age where their hair is part of their social acceptance. preteens and teen girls can be cruel to each other. I think they should have had to do community service and give a written and/or oral apology to both the child and parent. If I was the judge I would question who was watching the 3 year old and how long was she left unsupervised… maybe the child was lucky that 2 young girls were paying attention to her and not some older male sicko.

  28. Michel van der Linden

    "An eye for an eye" in this case is EXACTLY how you teach young kids. It's not always a bad way to handle this you know. It teaches them a valuable lesson, plus I believe the community service thing would have been far worse (not to mention it wouldn't teach them anything).

  29. Michele Gennarelli

    and teenaged molestors only get 30 hours of community service in the community where I live! Judge, please come to Lancaster County Pa!

  30. Judy Andy King

    YES! I hope the cut was crooked and very short! I applaud the judge. HOW DARE those girls do that to a little child? An eye for and eye? If that happened more we may not have as many crimes in this country and what they did WAS A CRIME.

  31. Vanessa Cheeks

    If my daughter ever did that I would allow the judge to give her full sentence as well as lop her hair off for what they did. We should teach the rule of " treat people the way you want to be treated" , seems like a lesson these dummies would never forget. AND I love that the toddlers mother got a say, I bet she feels the system gave absolute justice in this case for sure without any unnecessary red tape.

  32. Virginia Sanborn

    This all happened "WHILE THE 3 YEAR OLD GUARDIAN WASENT LOOKING" How long wasent she looking these kids had time to run across the street then come back and start cutting. I wouldn, t trust her with my 3 yr, old.

  33. Cindy Montville

    I personally know and live the trauma of having my waist length curls cut off at the age of three. It was performed by my grandmother as punishment for climbing up on the piano to reach a candy dish. I never forgave her and have never willingly had short hair since. so the long reaching effects of having her hair lopped off for the 3-yr old remain to be seen. I think the punishment was very fair, at these those girl had a few minutes warning and knew why they were losing their hair.

  34. Deborah Hoff

    Curel and UNUSUAl is unconstitutional and I think a big monitary fine would have hit them where it hurts…in the PARENTS' pocketbook. And I might be asking an odd question, but where was the mother of the 3 year old toddler while all of this was happening? The girls had time to ask for scissors, buy scissors and then cut the hair short. Um, the girl could have been subject to a much worse fate in the hands of the wrong people, she could have been raped, abdjucted, physically abused etc. I''d say Children and Youth need to look into her neglect. The article doesn't say the girls were babysitting the toddler. I always place most of the blame on the adults. The parent for not watching her three year old and the parents of the girls for raising nasty little witches.

  35. Paula Qualls Gurley

    These selfish brats knew it was wrong, but chose to do it anyway. The mom wanted her daughter to get off easy, which explains a lot. They deserved everything they got and more.

  36. Paula Bauer

    They deserved EXACTLY what they got. I'm glad that there is a judge willing to stand up for what is right. The mom of the defendant needs to stop and think about how she would have felt if it would have been her three-year-old. An "eye for an eye" is exactly how you teach a kid right from wrong.

  37. Daniel Eaker

    The mother of the punished girl should of had her hair cut also.

  38. Carron Vaught

    Finally, some common sense. Yes, the girls deserved what they got. If the parents had previously held them responsible for their actions, maybe this never would have happened. Way to go Judge!

  39. Cathy Kesler

    I think it's a perfect punishment for the crime. but I have to ask where oh where was everyone's parents?

  40. Megan Taylor

    I think this was fair. There is something about cutting baby hair. It never grows back the same. If those girls thinking they can do something like that has no consequences, it will lead them to thinking assault and other criminal acts are alright too. Not to mention what could have happened! Pre-teens with scissors and a wiggly toddler. They could have really hurt her. I also think the moms of all the girls should have been watching their children more closely. With three moms, at least one should have seen. Unless the moms of the two older girls were not present, which I don't think is right either. I read about a similar case of creative punishment. A drunk driver hit a minivan and killed a mother and one of her children. He had children of his own, and the judge reduced his sentence on the condition that he forever carry a photo of the mother and child on his persons, and look at it every time he climbed behind a wheel of a car. Do you think that was fair as well? I'm kind of a fan of creative punishment.

  41. Noreen Burkett

    “An eye for an eye, that’s not how you teach kids right from wrong.”.
    That theory worked for many, many years. Why is it wrong now?

  42. Jessica Rizzo

    Punishment deserved as far as hair cutting, but NOT 30 days detention at all, they cut her hair, they didn't harm the little girl. It disconcerts me that it doesn't sound like the 11 and 13 year old really realized what they were doing was wrong. Lastly, where was the 3 year olds Mother that she didn't notice these girls cutting her daughters' hair until they had it cut off to her chin? And they had time to cross the street, buy scissors and than return. Why was she letting her three year old play practically unattended with 2 preteen strangers? She's lucky all that happened was her daughter's hair was cut. I suppose she never heard of James Bulger.

  43. Jessica Rizzo

    Punishment deserved as far as hair cutting, but NOT 30 days detention at all, they cut her hair, they didn't harm the little girl. It disconcerts me that it doesn't sound like the 11 and 13 year old really realized what they were doing was wrong. Lastly, where was the 3 year olds Mother that she didn't notice these girls cutting her daughters' hair until they had it cut off to her chin? And they had time to cross the street, buy scissors and than return. Why was she letting her three year old play practically unattended with 2 preteen strangers? She's lucky all that happened was her daughter's hair was cut. I suppose she never heard of James Bulger.

  44. Luna Balsamic

    I agree Paula, not only was it stupid, but it was cruel.

  45. Luna Balsamic

    I agree Paula, not only was it stupid, but it was cruel.

  46. Janet Pohl Powell

    where I am it takes maybe 5 minutes to leave McDonalds, hit a dollar store and come back, it takes only 1 minute to chop off someones hair. My oldest son did his sister when they where 5 and 3, I was out of the country on business and my husband was on the phone with me and it only takes a turned back for 1 minute for him to scalp his sister.

  47. Janet Pohl Powell

    where I am it takes maybe 5 minutes to leave McDonalds, hit a dollar store and come back, it takes only 1 minute to chop off someones hair. My oldest son did his sister when they where 5 and 3, I was out of the country on business and my husband was on the phone with me and it only takes a turned back for 1 minute for him to scalp his sister.

  48. Jessica Rizzo

    I agree. Could have been MUCH worse, and really, not something we should be wasting our judicial systems money on. If Mom had been wathing her three old it would not have happened, and ultimate blame really goes to her.

  49. Jessica Rizzo

    I agree. Could have been MUCH worse, and really, not something we should be wasting our judicial systems money on. If Mom had been wathing her three old it would not have happened, and ultimate blame really goes to her.

  50. Pat Vik

    Yes it's fair! It is time to teach the kids riight from wrong and there is a price to pay for your actions! Way to go judge we need more like you!

  51. Chris Brace

    Lena Boylan-Rosio…..if they were being sneaky enough to go get scissors from a store across the street…i am sure one was a "lookout" while the other did the hair cutting…..

  52. Andrea Hipsher

    Hahaha. It's fair. The only thing I could see anyone contesting is the "unusual" part of cruel and unusual punishment.

    Why were the police called in the first place. ._.

  53. Cheryl Harpel

    I think cutting their hair was unusual but acceptable. I have a problem with putting them in detention for 30 days at their age. If they were my kids, I would fight that on the grounds that I would spank their butts then ground them for a month without an electronics. They'd have books and extra chores and community service instead. Maybe reading to sick children in a cancer ward. Unless this is the latest in a long string of this kind of behavior–then I'd be okay with the detention.

  54. Marilyn Harang

    Their hair will grow back. It's a good lesson for them. I'd rather see their haircut, then at that young age to be sent to juvenile detention for 30 days. What they did was an assault on the younger child. The judge came up with a reasonable alternative for these young girls. The mother should talk with them about the evils of envy and jealousy, because they obviously envied the child's hair and in jealousy sought to destroy it. Good for the judge.

  55. Janet Pohl Powell

    I also had mine cut because of my sister when I was 5. She had a crush on a boy, he didn't like her, we both had waist length hair, she chopped hers off, then my oldest sister convinced my mom to let her cut mine off so all 3 of us girls would have short hair. I never could forgive my 1 st sister for starting it all, my 2 nd sister for convincing my mom to let her chop mine off from waist length to chin length, and my mom for letting it be done. Was never short again until chemo but now is just getting long enough for a pony tail. You are so right, this can stay with the 3 year old for always.

  56. Janet Pohl Powell

    I also had mine cut because of my sister when I was 5. She had a crush on a boy, he didn't like her, we both had waist length hair, she chopped hers off, then my oldest sister convinced my mom to let her cut mine off so all 3 of us girls would have short hair. I never could forgive my 1 st sister for starting it all, my 2 nd sister for convincing my mom to let her chop mine off from waist length to chin length, and my mom for letting it be done. Was never short again until chemo but now is just getting long enough for a pony tail. You are so right, this can stay with the 3 year old for always.

  57. Janet Pohl Powell

    Well, at McDonalds the girls had a plan, got the scissors and waited for the opportunity for the mom to turn her back for just a second. My son scalped his sister when my husband turned his back for just a minute to answer the phone. It only takes a 30 seconds to chop someones hair off.

  58. Katie Donahue

    Maybe they convinced the 3 year old she needed to be made over? Where was the parent of the toddler is the big question.

  59. Kim V Charleton

    The hair will grow back. I think it was a PERFECT LESSON taught, much better than community service. It's humiliating enough and think will always be remembered for the girls.

  60. Deb Jones Douglass

    The mom thought that this was NOT THE WAY TO TEACH THEM RIGHT FROM WRONG!!!!! You don't have to go very far to see where they got the way they were!

  61. Janis Ireland

    I think it was a great thing to do. Hair will grow. And these girls absolutely needed to know what it was like for the 3 years old. Remember, that toddlers many times scream when their hair is cut; it can be traumatic for them when parents take them to someone to cut their hair for the first time. I think this was the best punishment….I think these girls have some problems……..and should be watched.

  62. Donna Mustage Malter

    They got what they deserved! Do you even have to ask?

  63. Shannon Pickron

    How did no one notice that they were cutting her hair and how did the parents not notice the older girls going to the dollar store?

  64. Amy True

    I agree with the judge. These two girls know the difference in between right and wrong. I have a 13 yr old and if she did something like that she knows that I would cut her hair short in a heartbeat. It does not matter where the 3 yr old mom was what I am wondering is where these two girls parents were. The 3 yr old can't say yes to getting her hair cut that is her parent decision not anyone elses.

  65. Merry Packard Gravett

    I think they deserved some punishment. And they had the choice of the original sentence or the haircut. They weren't forced to cut their hair. So, whether the mom had second thoughts afterward or not, this cannot be considered cruel or unusual punishment if they chose it.

  66. Peggy Peterson

    Hooray for justice….I agree! YES good call….what are parents teaching their kids these days???? nothing it looks like….

  67. Brenda Acquaviva

    Here! Here!, Lena!! I TOTALLY agree!! They should have just shaved them both bald – AND made them do the full community service sentencing. Then, the only requirement they MISSED? Making the MOM's of these girls to do some community service themselves – OR – maybe take some mandatory PARENTING CLASSES?? The 11 and 13 year olds are shameful, but – they are doing what they know that their parents would let them get away with! I say – give the parents of these girls some punishment, too!!

  68. Maria Alejandra Gonzalez

    NO That's not fair at all! You don't teach teenagers to respect other ppls property wether it be hair or a piece of plastic You DON'T do that. The judge is a moron. They both should have been sentenced with detention and their 200 hrs a piece of community service. Cutting off there hair will not fix the fact that they violated a 3 yr old. I am a mom of 3 girls all which whom have long hair I would not have been satisfied with this verdict.

  69. Bonnie Beck

    Applause for the judge….it's about time kids have tough sentences.

  70. Bonnie Beck

    On another post on here someone said the girls had bullied another child by phone. Well I guess they now know what it feels like to have someone bully them. applause again for the judge,

  71. Frank Gomez

    Fuck no that's not fair! They should have gone GI Jane on those little cunts! Where was the parent of a 13 and 11-year-old where they can leave a restaurant, run across the street for a pair of scissors, and come back to cut an infant's hair off? The parent should have had her hair buzzed as well! Some people just need to be sterilized…

  72. Ginger Gornto

    Yes. A lot of the Youth today don't stop and think how their actions affect others. I think the community service and the hair cut would have made enough of an impression on them, the detention they would deserve if it was done maliciously which didn't seem like it was. Most young girls want to cut their own hair, their dolls hair, but it's stretching it when you do it to someone unknown to you.
    Where in the world was the person that was supposed to be watching the 3yr old? I mean, how long did it take them to ask for scissors, be denied scissors, go across the road and purchase scissors, and then upon return the time it would take to cut the 3yr olds hair…unless it was in a pony tail…but it would still take more time than the child should have been left unmonitored by the "guardian"!

  73. Christina Gould Isley

    I WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE MOTHER OF THE 3 YEAR OLD WAS WHEN ALL THIS WAS GOING ON…I DO BELIEVE THE GIRLS SHOULD BE PUNISHED BUT I THINK THE MOTHER SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN FUSSED AT TOO

  74. Lisa Christian

    Very fair. And, I'm sure if the situation had been reversed that mother wouldn't have thought it unfair. Way to go, Judge for being creative and making the girls have to look in the mirror everyday and remember what they did. Plus, it wasn't forced upon them. They had the option to say no.

  75. Lisa Christian

    I agree but if they were in one of the play things it can be hard to see, even when you are sitting right there… children have had all kinds of horrific things happen in there. Sad, but true.

  76. Lisa Christian

    The mom may have been there… it said the older girls were playing with the lil one and if they were in one of the play centers there is plenty of places to hide in those things… where a lot of bad stuff happens. Also, 11 and 13 year old girls do have judgement… not as an adult of course, but at that age they often babysit, and do a lot of other things. They had to know it was wrong unless they have never been taught morals, respect and kindness.

  77. Mia Eubanks

    unfair? They were lucky the person with the kid did not take the scissors and just started slicing and dicing until all movement ceased. In a cold, uncaring world, that was exceptionally stupid.

  78. Jessica Rizzo

    From the Mother's response, I would be willing to believe that girl was never taught any type of accountability or respect or responsibility. It's a shame it would take so much for her to learn it now in this way. All in all, parents not watching their kids. 11 and 13 year old clearly not mature enough to be at a McDonalds alone, if they were, and Mom of the 3 year old shouldn't be letting a baby playing with two much older children out of her sight.

  79. Carmelia Ann Cozine

    If it had been an adult instead of teen girls who did that the punish would have been far more severe. They got off easy.

  80. Angela Kicklighter

    They had no issue with cutting the 3 yr old's hair so they should have no issue with the judge cutting their hair off. Kids these days get away with FAR too much and are not held accountable for their actions. Things would change if parents were allowed to actually discipline their chidren. For the record if either of my children did this "I" would be the one cutting their hair off and the original "punishment" of detenton and community service would STICK. Wake up people. Teach your kids right from wrong and that bullying is NOT OK or the norm.

  81. Christina Gould Isley

    WELL I WOULD AGREE IF THE GIRLS DIDNT RUN ACROSS THE STREET AND YOU NEVER LET YOUR 3 YEAR OLD OUT OF YOUR SIGHT ESPECIALLY IN A ONE OF THOSE TUNNEL THINGS AND WAS IT SAID THEY WERE IN ONE OF THOSE

  82. Pam Stanley

    the 13yr old's mother is a moron. she didn't know her rights, and an eye for an eye is not how you teach right from wrong? why don't the kids in question don't know to keep their friggin' hands to themselves at that age? And how is that they have time to go to a dollar store without an adult noticing? I think the kids should have had their hair cut, and the parents should have done community service. That's an "F" for being unable to teach their kids about the rights of others.

  83. Becky Mannan

    DAMN STRAIGHT I DO. DON'T DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WOULDN'T WANT DONE TO YOU. AND THE MOTHER SHOULD GET OFF OF THE BS AND TEACH HER KIDS HOW TO BEHAVE AND TO RESPECT OTHERS INSTEAD OF MAKING EXCUSES FOR THEM AND WHINING WHEN SOMEONE WITH GOOD COMMON SENSE HANDED DOWN A VERY APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT FOR WHAT THEY HAD DONE TO A MUCH YOUNGER INNOCENT LITTLE GIRL.

  84. Debbie Aguilar

    They should haved shaved their heads bald! They were so determined to cut that little girls hair, they even went across the street to buy scissors. They had no problem cutting that little girl's hair. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

  85. Jessie Radford

    I'm sorry but I find it fair, I swear you just don't know what is going through young peoples heads today. its not even safe to leave them around smaller children.

  86. Brenda Lee Boylan

    I agree with the punshishment and believe the parents should have gotten something as well. I mean what were the parents or parent doing and why did they not ask where the girls were going or why they were buying scissors.

  87. Carol Medeiros

    No, they should cut off the same amount off their own hair (if that means they're bald – too bad), they should do community service somewhere that makes sense, and they should be on punishment until that little girl's hair is back to the same length it was when they cut it….

  88. Ana Akauola

    Lesson learned! If parents don't know how to stop their own kids from bad behaviours then suck it up and take the punishment.

  89. Martha Carney

    agreed the adults are to blame. why was no one watching the two perps; where were their negligent parents? but as to cruel and unusual; this was nothing…unless u're very immature, they not only deserved to have their hair cut off so they could understand how it feels to be in the child's shoes, but they deserve additional punishment such as community service to serve others and build character…and their parents should ground them and they should pay damages.

  90. Sandra H. Estep

    Where was the adult who should have been watching the 3 year old? Also, I would have let the 3 year old cut their hair.

  91. Margaret Boumel

    Thank goodness for a judge that is fair and just. They won't forget this EVER! If we had more judges that took care of business, then maybe we wouldn't have the kids of today doing horrible things – like assaulting a bus monitor. I just want to know why parents aren't teaching their children compassion and good common sense.

  92. Monique Taylor-Fillman

    MOM was wrong, it is an eye for an eye. Now they know how it feels to feel humiliated.

  93. Monique Taylor-Fillman

    MOM was wrong, it is an eye for an eye. Now they know how it feels to feel humiliated.

  94. Kelley Ann Wininger

    Agreed, but what is not written here is that the other teen got to get her hair cut by a salon and return to court to get approved by the judge, I hardly call that fair..the 3 yr old didn't get a say neither should those 2 teens.. that isn't justification if one gets her pony hacked off in front of a judge and the other gets to be pampered at a salon and her her hair cut….

  95. Ramona Pfiefer

    Yeah, why blame the girl who did it right? Blame her mother. Turn your caps off – you are yelling.

  96. Ramona Pfiefer

    I agree. The mom of the teenage girl is the reason her daughter is the way she is. Complaining about the labor she would have to do, complaining about the compromise she agreed to. She never thought her daughter would get the punishment she did? So it was okay for the little girl to get her hair lopped off but not for her daughter? I think both the mom and her daughter need to get some therapy and the mom could use some parenting classes because she can't see that what her daughter did is excessive. She also was in trouble for threatening and bullying another teenage girl over a months duration by text and phone. Her daughter is no angel – sounds like she needs a clamp down from her parents.

  97. Ramona Pfiefer

    That's what I was thinking. She's on something.

  98. Iris De La O

    xould someone please explain why hair cutting is an issue? why was this worthy of a judges time? since when do we need judges to parent for us?

  99. Rodrigo de la O

    Since the courts decided their jurisdiction over family matters was greater than that of the family itself

  100. Sandy Sponaugle Standley

    So I guess your kid has never gone into a play tube in McDonalds or Burger King. You can't always see your kid when they are in there. Watch how judgemental you are it may come back to bite you.

  101. Jeannifer Fangsrud

    I would have done the same thing if I were that judge! It's ridiculous that these girls are at the age where the obviously know right from wrong and were denied scissors from the employee, which in turn they decided to run to the nearest store and buy them and proceed to take turns in chopping off the *3* year olds hair! What the hell were they thinking? I wish those girls had hair down to the floor and the judge chopped it all off! I think that the Mother saying she should've sought out legal counsel is just childish. What kind of Mother would be okay with her child doing that? Even if the police weren't called and we didn't go to court, I would've taken those same scissors and wacked off my kids hair right then and there. They deserved it!

  102. Siobhan Champagne

    I was just reading this and I told Mikey that I'd have cut Skye's hair if she'd have pulled some stupid crap like this on a stranger's kid or one of her sisters.

  103. Glenn Rickert

    Weird. There are so many factors here, I don't know which one to bring up first! So I'll randomize it.
    1) Where were both of the parents during this incident? McDonalds CLEARLY has a policy that children are NOT to be left alone or unattended in the restaurant or in the playland. I know this, because I used to work at a McDonalds. There's a sign about it on the damn door There was no parental supervision, so BOTH PARENTS ARE AT FAULT.
    2) Young girls of that age, especially entering adolescence are becoming interested in fashion in major ways. They love to play around with makeup, and hair styling with each other, and cutting their friends hair all the time. There is NO CRIME in doing that. Maybe even the 3 yr old girl was VOLUNTARILY PLAYING WITH THEM, and AGREED TO HAVE HER HAIR CUT. Then it's a matter of simple playtime, not a criminal act.
    3) What kind of adult sues a child? Isn't that illegal? There was another recent case about an adult suing a child and anything like that is totally wrong.
    4) Hair is hair. It grows back. The mother of the victim shouldn't have been such a bitch about the incident in the first place. Hell, take the kid to the salon with her own hair locks that were cut off, and use them as extensions to make the hair long again. Problem solved.
    5) Neither of the children should have gotten punished for the act in court. This is clearly a mishandled case, with lawyers with the intelligence and legal defensive skills of an eggplant. The trial should never have happened.
    6) Justifying an eye for an eye or haircut for a haircut penalty is not going to solve anything. It was a weird punishment set up by the judge to teach the girls a lesson. What's that going to teach them? If you give a haircut to someone, prepare to get a haircut yourself? If you want a haircut, does that mean the person with the scissors must get a haircut themselves? What a crappy idea.
    7) 276 hours of community service? FOR A CHILD? Don't they have child labor laws in this country? Even if it was cut down to 150 hours if the ponytail was cut off, you CAN NOT make a child work in community service for that many hours! With child labor laws, those kids will be working EVERY DAY after school when they should be doing their homework, for more than six months!
    8) Lastly, parents should stop expecting their kids to behave like adults and know what's right and wrong at any given moment. They should also let kids decide for themselves what they desire their fashion sense to be. Maybe if parents would stop ordering their kids around to do only what the parents wanted, the kids would stop REBELLING AGAINST THEIR PARENTS and other authority figures!
    Let kids be kids, damnit, and if they play a little rough, they play a little rough, so what! I'm getting sick and tired about all these adults who can't teach their children moral values, don't know what the hell they are doing themselves in their own lives, let alone know how to teach their children how to lead respectful lives, and when the parent gets frustrated, they HIT the child!
    Hitting or spanking a child is abuse, pure and simple. Hitting someone with your hand is known legally as "battery" and you can go to jail for battery. If an adult hits another adult, it's battery and results in jail time for the aggressor. But adult vs. adult, the victim can somewhat defend themselves. When an adult hits a child, who gets easily injured, cannot defend themselves because they are being restrained and are too weak to defend themselves, and are hit on the body or the buttocks, therefore private parts, over and over again, legally defines spanking as GROSS SEXUAL BATTERY ON A MINOR! Yep, equal to child molestation. If you go to jail over hitting another adult, the price that you should pay for hitting a child should be way more severe. Parents hit their kids because they are not only stupid, but that they don't have the wisdom or the skills required to raise a child properly. And until parents can teach their children how to behave with proper wisdom and moral values and using their own actions as examples of good behavior, I believe that if a child breaks the law, it is because the parent refuses to take the responsibility of the child, and therefore, the PARENT, NOT THE CHILD should face legal criminal action against them. Stop breaking down the kids for your own shortcomings. They only repeat what you do and say. If you act badly, they will act badly. If you behave righteously, they will behave righteously. How they end up is the fault of the parent, not the child. So take responsibility for your child, learn the proper ways to teach them, and examine yourself if they mess up and disappoint you. You have only yourself to blame.

  104. Kathleen Williams

    You bet they deserved the punishment they got! If we did more of that 'eye for an eye' stuff in this country you can bet we'd have a MUCH lower crime rate!

  105. Mark Losben

    Hooray for justice, indeed. Unfortunately this is only news because justice is the exception, not the rule.

  106. Cristin Donahue-Brouillard

    So happy they chopped their hair off! Sorry kiddos, but what's fair is fair! Life isn't entirely fair either, suck it up, learn your lessons and move on with your lives. Grow up Mommy dearest, the girl who lost her hair was 3, the older girls were old enough to know better!

  107. Emily Her

    they were older than the little girl, and they didn't even know her! I think the punishment was fit, but it's hair. and eventually will grow out again unless you're a barbie doll.

  108. Michelle Chambers Meghdir

    judge was soft should have shaved their heads, short hairs in fashion for girls now, but if their heads were shaved now that would have made them think

  109. Kristina Slater

    How insane! They are CHILDREN, doing what children do. Smack on the hand, of course. To totally humiliate these girls and order them to JAIL…..incredibly insane and inappropriate!

  110. Kristina Slater

    How insane! They are CHILDREN, doing what children do. Smack on the hand, of course. To totally humiliate these girls and order them to JAIL…..incredibly insane and inappropriate!

  111. Kayla Duckworth

    The punishment was to harsh, 1: to children being made a fool of infront of a ton of people scars them. 30 days in jail for cutting the hair? that is even to harsh. WHY? well how many hours do you get when you get a dui? hmmm how is cutting hair equal to a dui? yeah TO HARSH. 2: children play dress up all the time. So the girls may not have known any better, especially if the mother didn't TEACH them it was wrong. It is all in how the girls were raised that determins if the "know right from wrong" 3: The toddler's mother should have been watching her child rather than stuffing her face. And she wasn't satisfied with ANY of the 2 girl's punishment, which means she is nothing but an egotistical bitch that thinks her child is better than everyone elses.

    My 4 year old has cut her bangs 3 times thus far, but you don't see me crying over it. Children copy what they see, and making them feel lower than dirt just for cutting a toddler's hair is wrong. They won't learn not to do it again, they will think it is ok to make OTHERS feel bad. Your child hits someone, and you hit them, how does that teach them not to hit?

  112. Roberta Ashner

    All parents of these children should have been paying attention. The little girl's mother was in a McDonald's for crying out loud and should have been paying attention. Those other girls were old enough to know better.

  113. Carrie Benson Pagliaro

    I can't help but think that the way to teach children acceptable, healthy adult behavior is to model it. Judge misses the boat on that one. 30 days detention? I imagine there is more to the story.

  114. Dana Manasco

    absolutely they were definatley old enough to know what they were doing. The problem is with the teenagers moms. I can't believe she thought it was harsh if it had been mine I would've cut it myself and then there would've been consequences at home. These weren't a couple of 3 year olds and an accident of child's play these two were old enough to understand what they were doing. They took advantage of th is baby. My other question is what were an 11 and 13 year old doing playing in a Mcdonalds playground anyway?

  115. Dana Manasco

    first off the teenagers left McDonalds not the 3 year old. They went across the street purchased the scissors and came back to her at the play place. That shows independant thinking they had to come up with a way to get what they needed. The mother was with her 3 year old at McDonalds. My question is how did an 11 and 13 year old leave there unsupervised and go ACROSS the street wihout whoever she was with knowing it. That's what wrong with kids. They never suffer consequences for their actions. yes they lack some judgement skills but at t heir age you KNOW not to cut the hair of a 3 year old. Its not the toddlers mothers fault. Her child was where she was suppossed to be. Come on you've got to be taught to stand behind your actions. They can't get away with that. That's why there's so many youth in trouble no consequences just excuses. And before you ask yes I h ave an 11 and 5 yr old and yes they know better

  116. Deborah Hoff

    I worked in Mobile therapy for 8 years and you'd be surprised how parenta fines suddenly bring out the best in their discipline, LOL, but true.

  117. Dana Manasco

    the 3 year old didn't go across the street the girls went across the street to buy scissors after being turned down by McDonalds to borrow a pair. The 3 year old never left the playground

  118. Mindy M

    They knew what they were doing, going and buying scissors. Should have shaved their damn heads bald.