Friday, June 30, 2006

Ah, Let Katherince Go Through With Her Plan

You all remember the story of the Michigan girl trying to meet her on-line love interest in Jericho, right?

Here's the continuation:-

Court won't supervise MySpace teen

Prosecutors on Thursday agreed to withdraw a petition calling for court supervision for a 17-year-old who flew to the Middle East to be with a man she met on

The decision was part of an agreement reached between Katherine Lester, her parents and the Tuscola County prosecutor's office. She must surrender her passport, complete counseling and not leave the state without written consent from her parents or a court order.

If Lester fails to comply with any of the terms, the prosecutor's office may reauthorize its runaway juvenile petition, under which a judge could place her under court supervision until she turns 18 next June 21.

Lester left the courthouse in Caro without commenting to reporters.

She was 16 when she developed a romance with a man 6,000 miles away, in the West Bank town of Jericho, through messages sent on MySpace.

Lester is now living with her father, Terry, near Flint. In an interview last week on ABC's "Good Morning America," she declared her love for Abdullah Jimzawi, a 20-year-old Palestinian who works in his father's business delivering goods to minimarkets. She said she still wants to marry him.

Jimzawi, in a recent interview with the AP, said he met Lester online about eight months ago and was devastated when he learned they would not meet face-to-face. Jimzawi's mother, Sana, said Lester intended to sign a marriage contract in Jericho.

Terry Lester has declined requests from The Associated Press to interview his daughter but says her story should serve as a warning to families — not about the dangers of the Internet, but about the importance of good family communication.

"She's her same old self," he said. "She knows what she did was wrong, and she's willing to accept the responsibility."

You know what, why don't they just let her fulfill her dreams?

After all, we Israelis keep being told that we should coexistence with the Palestinians.

If it's good enough for us, why not for her?

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