Dutch girl’s journey to circumnavigation

Sixteen year-old Laura Dekker’s solo journey around the globe did not come without resistance from authorities in her native Netherlands. The government sought to prevent her from sailing around the globe, citing threats to her safety and time away from school. Throughout the trip, Dekker completed schoolwork online but was not always able to finish assignments on time. Government officials have said their actions and the safety measures they required Dekker to put in place were necessary for her safety. Were the Dutch officials right to attempt to protect Laura Dekker from the dangers of sailing, or should she have been allowed to go without any conditions? How do you think the Castilleja community would respond to a proposal like Laura Dekker? Comment with your thoughts.

Schoolgirl sailor triumphs after battle with authorities

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