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A father plans to appeal after a Quebec court ruled that he didn't have the right to punish his 12-year-old daughter by barring her from a school trip.

Quebec Superior Court Judge Suzanne Tessier ruled Friday that the girl should be allowed to attend the three-day trip within Quebec this week.

Initially, the father forbade his daughter from going online after the Grade 6 student posted photos on a dating site, the Globe and Mail reported in its Thursday edition.

The girl's parents are divorced, and after she had an alleged row with her stepmother, her father barred her from going on a school trip to mark the class's graduation from elementary school, the newspaper reported.

"When he said, 'OK, it's final. You're not going,' she smacked the door, left and went to live with her mother," the father's lawyer, Kim Beaudoin, told CBC News.

Last Wednesday, the father received a motion petitioning the court to overturn the punishment.

Two days later, the judge ruled the punishment was too severe because the girl had already been sufficiently disciplined, Beaudoin said.

Beaudoin said the judge also said there was no reason for the punishment to stand, since the girl was now living with her mother, even though the father has custody.

Beaudoin said the father, who has four children, was "devastated," especially since the ruling came days before Father's Day.

Some newcomers from Newfoundland were greeted by armed members of the "un-welcome wagon" in northeast Edmonton last night. Two men and two women who recently moved into the area of 131st Avenue and 69th Street were confronted by two other men and two other women around 9:15. One of the men put a Glock 40-calibre pistol against the head of one newcomer and basically said "get out of the 'hood...this is our turf". One of the women pulled a knife and a woman who tried to defend herself suffered a very minor cut. The four thugs fled and the EPS Tactical Team surrounded a residence at nearby Village Acres. When the guy who had the gun came out he was taken down and the stolen pistol was recovered. He faces multiple weapons charges. The rest is still under investigation.

It sounds like whatever potentially-dangerous situation there was, has been averted at Riverbend Junior High School in Edmonton. That's just off the Whitemud, on 53rd Avenue near 148th Street.

They were cleaning up a bit of a mess there Thursday afternoon, after a suspicious package was discovered in a locker at the school. Police were called at about 11 a.m. and the school was evacuated.
A bomb squad robot was used to blow up the package. It's not known exactly what was inside. This is not expected to affect classes which are to resume Friday.

Police are now investigating.