User - posted on 10/03/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
Long story short: Our 13 yr old son (oldest child of 4) has been caught 3 times stealing over the past 2 months. He's stolen in the past and has always been "sneaky", but those were always minor, non-expensive instances. 3 weeks into the school year he was caught with another student's iPad3 in his backpack. Received 5 days OSS and 5 days ISS. Parents and school didn't charge him, but they did say he damaged it and wanted us to reimburse them over $300. Upon his return to school, I found someone else's Nook Reader in his closet. He claims he "found" it in his desk (before the iPad incident), hid it in his closet and forgot about it. We turned it in to the dean and she basically gave him the benefit of the doubt. Well, tonight I find my iPad (and it's broke in some way now) and someone else's iPad in his suitcase in his closet, along with a bunch of junk like energy shots, my glue gun, an air duster, zippo lighter and a Wii charger. After the iPad incident, I took him to the Sheriff's office to have them sort of "talk" to him about where he's headed if he continues down this path. Last year, he was expelled from 7th grade for having a scalpel that belonged to his microscope set in his pencil box and at the same time telling kids he was going to kill them...he says he was joking, but the school didn't think so. We're on the verge of turning him in to the police and letting them have at him. I guess I'm just looking for advice, maybe encouragement? I don't know. Thanks for anyone who is listening.