A DMK Production
Your thirteen year old son, Dylan, is grounded. He was having continuing issues with curfew and spanking didn't seem to be working so you tried grounding him. The problem is last night was his friend's birthday party. Dylan was not allowed to go due to being grounded and he has whined and begged all week.
It is 1:00 AM and you decide on a light snack. You go in the kitchen and there is Dylan standing there looking shocked to see you. The last you saw him he was in his room dressed for bed. He told you he was tired and was going to "turn in early." That was around 8:00 PM.
Dylan stammers and says to you, "Uh, I see you need a snack too. That's funny, we both need a snack at the same time."
You note the following: Dylan is fully dressed, Dylan has mud on his shoes (it had been raining) there are muddy footprints leading from the still open back door to Dylan. Also, Dylan has no food out.
You ask if he is certain he is there to make a snack. He promises he has been in his room all night and just got hungry. You ask about him being dressed. He says, "Uh, I got cold." (It's July.) You ask about the door being open and about the footprints. He says, "When I got to the kitchen Mr. Fluffy (the family cat) wanted outside so I let him outside and I guess I forgot to close the door." Just then Mr. Fluffy comes in from the dining room and rubs against your leg. Dylan looks surprised. "Wow, I guess he came in and we didn't see him." You ask Dylan one more time if he has been in all night. You make a point to ask if he sneaked out and went to the party. Dylan looks at the floor and says, "I don't want to talk about it."