A Swiss student who skipped detention will now have to pay a 2,000 franc fine (over $2,000), according to Switzerland’s highest court. Yikes. For that kind of money, students may start longing for the good ol’ days when teachers just hit them with rulers.
“The 14-year-old girl, along with several other students, was caught skiing down off-limit slopes while on a school trip to Klosters, eastern Switzerland in 2011,” Digital Spy reports. “They were subsequently given a 90-minute detention each, but the girl did not attend and refused to make up the time.”
Come on, school! Don’t you think taking your students on a ski trip was punishment enough? I’m sure most kids would have preferred to spend that time learning.
Ironically, though unwilling to waste 90 minutes in detention, the student decided it was worth spending two years to contest the school’s decision, even hiring a private lawyer. After failing to sway either the school board or the regional education department, the case escalated to a “canton-level court” and then finally Switzerland’s Federal Court. The family lost at every stop along the way.
Hey, at least the girl got a lesson in how the Swiss court system works.
In the end, “the girl’s parents were ordered by the court to pay 2,000 Swiss francs in penalty fees, on top of the costs they have already had to pay their lawyers.”
But don’t worry about them. They can just take the money out of their Swiss bank account. Anyone with one of those has to be rich.