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Could you turn in your child for a crime?

  1. cindi h profile image60
    cindi hposted 5 years ago

    My husband and I were watching a reality show one night and the police were waiting for crime tips on a local shooting. The mother of a boy called to turn in her son, possibly for a reward!!  Would you or could you turn in your own child?

    1. OutWest profile image60
      OutWestposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Never but I would encourage them to turn themselves in.

  2. TamCor profile image82
    TamCorposted 5 years ago

    I could never do that...but I probably would do as OutWest mentioned...maybe...

  3. Greek One profile image80
    Greek Oneposted 5 years ago

    I reported my son to the police the other day for being too cute for words

    1. cindi h profile image60
      cindi hposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      How funny Greek One  All three of my children have been 'convicted' of the very same thing!!!

  4. Lady Luv profile image89
    Lady Luvposted 5 years ago

    I would, because I myself do not break the law, to the point of always wearing my seatbelt. I see it as follows...if he decides to break the law in some horrible way, he needs to serve his time and get off the streets away from society, the same as any criminal. I LOVE my son, but he is being raised to do right, not take advantage of people. If he partakes in illegal activities, such as rape, murder, grand theft, etc, he deserves to learn his lesson. I would not hesitate to turn him in. I would not allow him to roam free to repeat his offenses. I would also let him know this.
    If it was something stupid like pot, I would not turn him in. I would use common sense to deem what should and should not force me to turn him in. It would have to be something completely immoral. It would be a case by case decision, I should think...and rewards would not be a consideration. I would refuse any that might arise.

    1. Stevennix2001 profile image82
      Stevennix2001posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with you there, as it would depend on the crime and circumstances if you ask me.  Personally, even if there was some reward money involved, I wouldn't accept it either and if I did, then I would probably just put it towards his/her college fund.

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      xx329posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      The crime shouldn't matter...you're turning him in for killing someone or smoking pot... both are illegal in the eyes of "the law" as dictated by the people.  Personally, no matter the crime, I will NEVER turn in my flesh and blood.  Period.

  5. Disturbia profile image60
    Disturbiaposted 5 years ago

    This is really a tough question to answer.  I suppose it would all depend on the crime and the circumstances.

    1. cindi h profile image60
      cindi hposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      yes I know! This show led to a lengthy discussion between my husband and I. We too, came to the conclusion that it would depend on the situation. Likewise, if one of my children were the victims of a terrible crime or tragedy, I would want  justice.  But I honestly don't know if I would have the fortitude to turn them in. Fortunately, I have wonderful children and I'm sure I'd never be put in that predicament.

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      xx329posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      No it doesn't a crime is a crime... you're turning him in or not.

  6. Greek One profile image80
    Greek Oneposted 5 years ago

    The only crime I would turn him in for is patricide....

    But I doubt I would be able to say much

  7. L.L. Woodard profile image87
    L.L. Woodardposted 5 years ago

    In many ways, this is a difficult question to answer as a hypothetical. As a parent, I ate my words more than once about what I would do in a given situation once one of my kids was actually in that situation.

    I love my children, but have been in the position where I notified authorities of the illegal activity that could have been life-threatening to that teen. It was a tough decision to make, but that teen, now an adult, thanks me for stepping in.

  8. theirishobserver. profile image59
    theirishobserver.posted 5 years ago

    Would that be like George Bush turning in Tony Blair smile

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    Home Girlposted 5 years ago

    I once did. To prevent a crime that could have happened. I saved my son from possible crime and consequences of it. And he is not mad at me for doing that. But I am still mad at him for putting me into that position. It's a very hard thing to do. I just did not have a choice at that moment. All I can say, I do not want to be in that situation ever again. It's absolutely devastating.

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    xx329posted 5 years ago

    I just came across this topic and actually cared enough to register and post a reply!  Come on ... this is your flesh and blood, of course you will cover as a parent.  I don't care WHAT the crime is I WILL cover for them.  Sure, I will try to convince them otherwise, but realistically, it is a call between someone you don't know (or could care less about) or your son or daughter. I know the choice most people will make.  If MY son was killed, of course, I expect the killers mother/father to cover up for them.  That's just life... just our genes at work.