Now that teen sailor Abby Sunderland is safe and well, the backlash against her voyage — and more importantly, her parents — has begun. But are the Sunderlands really deserving of the title "parents who should be shot"?
On June 10, 16-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland went missing at sea. A day later, rescue ships located her crippled yacht, which was "damaged but seaworthy" and made contact with Abby. They told her that it would be several days before the nearby French fishing boat reached her wreck, but fortunately Abby was equipped to safely wait out the bad weather. At the end of the ordeal, Abby was completely fine, though her dream to be the youngest person to sail around the globe was temporarily thwarted. However, this short-lived crisis brought her - and her parents - international fame. It also unleashed whole flood of criticism, especially once it was revealed that her father, Laurence Sunderland, had planned on making a reality television show out of Abby's voyage.