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    Jennifer (age 19) is now “CutoutDissection.com”

    Date: 10.14.08 | by Judge Tom.

    You didn’t misread this. Jennifer Thornburg of North Carolina legally changed her name in October, 2008 to CutoutDissection.com. This is maybe the first case of its kind where a URL is taken as a legal name.

    Jennifer started opposing animal dissections when she was in middle school. She wanted to do something to protest continued dissections in schools. Now her drivers license reads: Dissection.com, Cutout. Some friends and family still call her Jennifer, but Cutout is catching on.

    Cutout's new driver's license

    Nice going, Cutout. Kudos to those who take a positive stand and stick to it.

    For more about the right to change your name, see:  http://askthejudge.info/can-i-change-my-name/73/

    Update:  In May, 2011, PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) started a campaign to replace animal dissection in schools by offering money to school districts to purchase virtual dissection software. See the story here:  http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/05/16/peta-pushes-for-anti-dissection-ads-in-schools/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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