Skip to comments.(13yr-old) Kaytlen Lopan Jailed for 30 Days, Strip Searched For Hair-Cutting Prank
Posted on 06/25/2012 7:02:46 PM PDT by presidio9
Kaytlen Lopan, a 13-year-old girl in Utah, had her ponytail cut off, was jailed for 30 days and was forced to undergo a strip search by juvenile justice officials, because she allegedly helped a friend cut another little girls hair.
Lopan's unnamed friend allegedly cut a few inches of hair of a three-year-old girl that they befriended at a local McDonald's.
Lopan said her friend "called a little girl over and cut some of her hair off, like just a tiny little piece. I didnt know what to do, so I helped her hide the hair. Then I called my mom to come get me.
KLS5 reports that, two weeks later, Lopan was visited at school by a police officer, who said the little girls parents were pressing assault charges.
Utahs 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen sentenced Lopan spend 30 days in a detention center, pay a $350 fine and serve 276 community work hours, but reduced those hours by 150 because Lopan's mother, Valerie Bruno, was willing to cut Lopans hair in front of the victims parents.
Bruno, has filed an official complaint against the judge. Bruno insisted her daughter didnt actually participate in the hair-cutting, but got a 30-day term in the Castle Country Youth Center, where she was strip searched upon admittance.
Bruno said: Now, she wont even sleep by herself. Shes very upset and she [often] cries.
Judge Johansen sentenced the other little girl to have her hair cut as well, but she was allowed to get it cut at a local salon and was not removed from parental custody. Bruno believes Lopan got a harsher sentence because had done a prank phone before with a friend.
Bruno said: Kaytlen did not cut her hair. She did not do it. The probation officer talked her into saying she did because she was guilty by association. She told her, even if you were just there, youre just as guilty.
Bruno believes Lopan got a harsher sentence because had done a prank phone before with a friend.
In other words, your daughter is a repeat offender.
When I saw ‘30 days in juvi’ my 1st thought was this wasn’t her first offense and it’s time to send this future prison/welfare mom a wakeup call.
Zackly! Coddling the little darlings has got us what? Self-indulgent narcissists who live their lives on Twitter and Facebook and look at parents to be their “friends”, not parents.
The punishment fit the crime, a little tough love might straighten her butt out. Sick of hearing all the BS about this case.
I agree. No permanent harm was done and unless the tot’s mother made a huge fuss in front of the tot, the tot probably didn’t give a hoot about it.
There has to be something else going on here, as this sentence for this ‘crime’ is ridiculous.
Well, you may be right. I posted before I read the details given by other posters.
The whole thing sounds bizarre and pointless and creepy.
If you new more about this perp’s criminal history you’d understand that some day she’ll most likely be one half of a Thelma and Louise team.
Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean you give a punishment out of proportion to the actual harm done.
Fwiw, for those that say that she went to juvie, and not prison, there is a fair bit of sexual abuse happening within the juvenile system as well.
When they go high up in the habitrail area, you can’t see what is going on. I don’t know where the hair cutting took place though. Surprised McDonald’s didn’t get sued as that is usually the more common thing to happen these days when something goes wrong on a big business property.
Brian was found covered with grass and purple weeds. He had been strangled. Nearby, a pair of broken scissors lay in the grass. There were puncture marks on his thighs, and his genitals had been partially skinned. Clumps of his hair were cut away. The wounds were bizarre: "There was a terrible playfulness about it, a terrible gentleness if you like, and somehow the playfulness of it made it more, rather than less, terrifying," said Inspector James Dobson. Brian's belly had been signed "M" with a razor blade. This cut would not be apparent until days later. It appeared that someone had imprinted an "N", and that a fourth mark was added (by a different hand?) to change the "N" into a "M".
If she’d been a wise latina immigrant, none of this ever would have gotten this far.
Maybe the 30 day lock up will teach this girl to respect other people and the rule of law. Sometimes a little taste of prison is all a kid needs to turn their life around. I hope it works for this young lady.
Mother is an idiot. Daughter is a career criminal in the making. NOT because of the judge or jail time, but because her mother is an idiot and les her get away with crap.
In the future, leave other people alone. I wish all young kids could learn how it’s done.
When I was a kid two of my friends turned on me, chasing me down to cut my hair. They were going to tie me up in a chair which somehow they got me into, and were tying me up when, if memory serves me right, and it is quite hazy, someone showed up and stopped them just as they were wielding the scissors. Weird group of kids I grew up with. This was in the 60’s. Those two could have gone to kid prison if they tried that now.
Go sit in a courtroom for a couple of days. This little angel has a mother that uses the criminal justice system to parent her daughter. Normally the juvenile counselor just chews them out, with the kid sitting there with a smirk on their face and the "parent" having a blank, stupid look.
They really ought to start handing the idiot parent a bill for services rendered.
Some of these kids you know will be real clients of the criminal justice system very soon.
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This young girl is guilty of assault and her mother appears to have issues. This won’t be the last time we hear about this mother daughter pair, believe me.