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?
I could never do that...but I probably would do as OutWest mentioned...maybe...
I reported my son to the police the other day for being too cute for words
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.
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.
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.
This is really a tough question to answer. I suppose it would all depend on the crime and the circumstances.
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.
No it doesn't a crime is a crime... you're turning him in or not.
The only crime I would turn him in for is patricide....
But I doubt I would be able to say much
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.
Would that be like George Bush turning in Tony Blair
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.
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.
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