If you're a parent, you know that disciplining your kids can be tricky. Of course, you want to teach them to become well-behaved adults. But, on the other hand, you don't want to take discipline too far.
Taking away their smartphone makes a lot of sense. Like a lot of people, kids and teenagers seem to be permanently attached to their phones. So, when they're misbehaving, taking it away will quickly remedy the situation.
Except, doing that landed a father of a 12-year-old girl in jail. He had to pay $1,500 to bail himself out of jail, and endured a two-day trial.
For what? Ronald Jackson took his daughter's iPhone away, as punishment, when he found inappropriate text messages on it. His daughter was using the phone to coordinate an attack on another girl. There's more to the story.
Jackson's estranged wife, Michelle Steppe, reported his punishment to police, calling it "theft." They locked him up, when he refused to hand over the phone.
After a night in the slammer, Jackson bailed himself out. Later, when he received a citation for the incident, he again refused to give the police the phone. He asked for a jury to hear his case. The city's attorney retaliated with by upping the crime to a Class B misdemeanor, with a possible $2,00 fine, and six months in jail.
This week, two-and-a-half years after the incident, he was back in court for that so-called theft. After two days, the Texas judge tossed his case for lack of evidence. Jackson said the ordeal has ruined his relationship with his daughter.
What do you think? Was Jackson right to take his daughter's iPhone from her? Or was his ex-wife correct to report it to the police? Let us know in Comments.