Top Swiss court convicts girl for flouting detention

A student who spent two years trying to get out of a school detention has lost her case, landing her parents with a fine of $2,100, Switzerland's highest court ruled on Monday.

Top Swiss court convicts girl for flouting detention
Switzerland's federal court in Lausanne. Photo: Bundesgericht

The girl was given detention after skiing down off-limits slopes with several fellow students during a 2011 trip in Klosters, eastern Switzerland.
The disobedient students were handed a 90-minute detention, but the girl, who was 14 at the time and has not been named, failed to show up and refused to make up the time.
All the school's attempts to reason with the girl and her parents failed, and the family hired a lawyer to contest the punishment, first before the school board, then the regional education department and then the canton-level court — each time unsuccessfully.
The verdict in their final appeal, to Switzerland's federal court, was reached on July 24th and published on the court's website on Monday.
The court ordered the girl's parents to pay 2,000 francs ($2,100) in penalty fees, in addition to the undisclosed sum that they have had to pay their lawyers.

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