Last night I asked Dan a question about a Tort multiple choice question I was not understanding. The topic was when a parent is liable for the acts of their children. The conversation went like this:
ME: I thought parents were always liable for the intentional torts of their children.
DAN: I think they have to have a reasonable belief that their child has a propensity to commit a Tort. It is kind of like knowing your dog bites. You get one free bite then you are liable for all the rest.
ME: Well that sucks! You can't give kids the same standard that you give dogs.
DAN: Why not?
ME: Well because you can put the dog DOWN if it keeps biting people. You can't put down your kid for beating up little Timmy at the bus stop everyday.
DAN: Then you are just going to have to get Timmy's Mom to sign a release form saying if little Timmy and Billy want to play with each other she's going to have to go ahead and release you of liability.
ME: And if she doesn't sign?
DAN: (pondering) I guess you call child services and give them a heads up regarding why your son is never allowed out of the house...