According to today's Indo:
Judge tells schoolboy: choose the parent who goes to jail - Independent.ie
This seems wrong on so many levels. The child is being asked to seriously damage his relationship with one or other parent and will have to live with that.
Now I"m not unaware that this may be a nuanced decision by the judge; he may be doing this as a way of bringing home to the child that his own actions are having a direct consequence to the parents, but it also looks like the judge is derelict in his duty. It's also more than likely that the headline is designed to cast his comments in the most inflammatory way
I doubt anyone will do time on this; the judge seems to have left a door open on that option, but it cuts to the core of an issue for me: should parents pay for the sins of their children? On the face of it it seems meet and just that parents pay if their lack of parental control results in damage and cost to others, yet I don't like the change in the parent/child dynamic that could result. An utterly delinquent child could effectively control his or her parents by threatening criminal acts.