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Your son Mark and his best friend Luke are thirteen-year-old eighth graders. They had to complete a certain number of community service hours as part of their preparation for Confirmation, so they joined the church choir. Unknown to you, once they fulfilled the service hours requirement, they became disruptive and disrespectful at choir practices. The choir director, Mr. Lipinski, finally had enough and kicked them out of the choir; unfortunately, he never addressed their behavior with you or Luke’s parents. For several weeks, the boys have pretended to go to choir practice – the church is within walking distance of both homes – but instead have been hanging out in a park or at a shopping mall. To explain why they are not singing with the choir during the 10am service both families normally attend, they tell you Mr. Lipinski asked them to sing at 5pm service on Saturday, when they again hang out. You’ve been thinking what a good boy Mark is, as he insisted he didn’t mind going to two services when you suggested changing to the Saturday service.
Now the whole story has come out after you spot Mark and Luke at the mall during a time when they should be at choir practice. When confronted, Mark tells you Mr. Lipinski kicked him and Luke out of the choir for no reason. That story crumbles when you say you intend to talk to Mr. Lipinski and insist Mark go with you. You catch Mr. Lipinski at the end of practice. Mr. Lipinski describes a number of incidents that Mark minimizes as no big deal. For example, both boys made fun of Mr. Lipinski by mimicking his mannerisms and speech in an exaggeratedly effeminate way.
How are you going to deal with Mark? Will you call Luke’s parents? If you are Luke’s parents, what will your reaction be?