We are going to go across the pond for this odd story.
Wait, isn’t this a blog about politics in California. Well, yes it is. But, California politicos love looking to examples from outside their state and country as to how they can exert more control over their subjects.
In Ireland, a mother of a teenage boy who has not been going to school due to an ingrown toenail, two of them actually, is facing some sort of criminal disciplinary action. I am not exactly sure what the potential sentence is for this incident since I am not familiar with Irish law and the article itself is unclear.
A woman whose 14-year-old son is not going to school due to ingrown toenails was remanded for a pre-sentence report by Tallaght district court.
The woman’s solicitor, Padraig O’Donovan, had previously claimed she could not make her son go to school because he is bigger than her.
Judge Anthony Halpin yesterday said Mr O’Donovan’s claim “doesn’t hold water”.
Now, I will admit that I am a little suspicious of this woman’s story. But, you know, ingrown toenails can hurt like hell. And the fallout from an infected ingrown toenail can be severe, including amputation.
I have a hard time questioning this woman and the government’s meddling when I read about professional athletes, who are being paid millions of dollars, miss games due to this injury. I understand that walking to school isn’t the same as being a professional athlete, but their pain tolerance is higher than that of a 14-year-old.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are being sued by their kicker, Lawrence Tynes. He has missed the entire season from what started as an ingrown toenail and another teammate has missed several games.