Calgary Sun

January 20, 2001

Protesting teen abandons fast

By ETHAN BARON -- Calgary Sun

A city teen gave himself free and liberal access to a slice of pepperoni pizza yesterday, after 19 days of starving himself over kids' rights in custody cases.

"It's been a long time coming," said Clayton Giles, 14, as he tucked into the cheesy slab in front of the Court of Queen's Bench on 4 St. S.W.

The teen had been on a hunger strike and was picketing outside the court in protest of a justice system he said denied him access to his father, who is in the midst of a custody battle with Clayton's mother.

Now Clayton will need all the pizza he can get. He's planning to start a cross-country crusade in April: walking, biking and in-line skating to Ottawa, then on to Washington, D.C.

"I'm hoping that I can maybe get this to the government so they know what's going on too," he said, adding he plans to collect signatures and children's stories along the way, as well as doing his schoolwork.

Clayton had planned to continue his fast until Monday.

"I've achieved all I can," said Clayton, who had wanted his mother to give custody of him to his dad.

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