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Key Comments! YOU Said Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland's Parents Should 'Be Ashamed!'

Mon, June 14, 2010 2:16pm EDT by HL Intern 4 Comments


BFFs, We asked YOU, our readers, your thoughts on Abby Sunderland’s journey and you are outraged with how her parents are handling the situation!

We’ve been giving you the lastest news on Abby Sunderland, 16, who attempted to be the youngest girl to sail around the world. But ever since her boat tipped and word that her dad, Laurence Sunderland, is going to capitalize off her near-tragedy with a reality show — our readers have gone crazy! Everyone is so upset that her dad is going forward with this new reality TV show, Adventures in Sunderland! Depsite new developments, you are saying her parents are still to blame!

In our recent polls, a majority of you voted “no, 16-year-olds have no business sailing the globe alone,” and that Abby is even the next “balloon girl!”

Here’s what you had to say:

  • Anastasia : “It’s her parents who are stupid for letting their son and daughter go on these solo boat trips. They’ve dodged a bullet as their children are still alive. When they’re adults, that’s a different story. They can decide then if they want to risk the dangers.”
  • Jacqui K. : “The parents should be ashamed for pimping their kids because Pappa Dearesr can not get his life together. Maybe he should find another means to take care of his family, get a real job…”
  • Tanya: “I don’t think she should have been allowed to sail around the world herself, until she is a little older. She was lucky this time and I am very glad that she is alright. I applaud her for her bravery, but I it was not to bright to go off by herself like that. I don’t care how much experience a person in this field has, nobody should be out there alone.”
  • Gbtw: “I honestly don’t get this. i know they’re a family of boat people and such, and their son already did this, but i still can’t see letting your 16 year old go out and do such a dangerous thing all just to set some record. i read some experienced sailor saying that the very idea of anyone trying to go through the indian ocean at this time of year was ludicrous. if i were a sailor maybe i’d get it more, but as a non-sailor, i just feel very confused and ‘what am i missing?’ about this story and her parents encouraging or even just letting her do this.”

– Nicole Karlis