You Are the Parent of a 16 Year Old Boy.

1594 Words Oct 24th, 2011 7 Pages
You are the parent of a 16-year-old boy. You come home and find the door ajar. Inside, you discover your son’s friend looking in a kitchen drawer. He says he is trying to leave your son a note. On the counter next to him is a lock pick and some of your jewelry. The boy smells of marijuana. You tell the boy to leave immediately and he does. Do you call the police, call the boy’s parents, tell your son, or do something else?

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I am the parent of a boy who is 16 years old. One day I came home to find that his friend was inside our home when no one was home. The door was ajar and I walked inside to find a friend of my
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After my suggestion that the boy leave and with his immediate compliance I am less of an optimist as to his reasoning for seemingly breaking into my home.

From this point a decision needs to be made. Does that decision involve informing the police? This is one that I am still unsure of. The boy is a friend of my son and to my knowledge has never been in any sort of trouble of this nature whatsoever. If I choose to involve the police in a matter that a simple conversation or directional advice may correct the implications of the consequences that this could lead to for the boy’s future could be dire. I would say that at this point in time we make a decision to not include the police because this seems like a rash and hasty decision. The boy is still a child and a child will make mistakes. If we abandon the child at the first mistake they make then the child could be lost forever. To include the police immediately would seem like a way to discourage the child instead of guiding him. The boy could have personal circumstances or troubles that he simply needs help with. To rush to involve the police in a matter that could easily be solved with a conversation or extending a hand to help seems like an unwise choice. For this reason, we do not involve the police