A DMK Production
Your twelve year old son, Gentry, is rarely in trouble. You have not had need to spank him in over a year. He is well behaved at home and at school and you and your spouse even get compliments on how polite and respectful he is. Gentry's behavior and trustworthiness has earned him a lot more freedom and privileges than you ever imagined you would give to a twelve year old. Gentry seems to thrive with the added freedoms.
Gentry asked permission to go "hang out" at the park in town and you allowed him to go. He said he would be home by 5:00pm.
You are good friends with the manager of the small grocery store in the town. It is around 4:00pm and you get a call from your friend. He tells you he has Gentry in his office. Apparently Gentry was caught red handed shoplifting candy bars. You are asked to please come take Gentry home. Your friend tells you that he is supposed to call the police and file charges on Gentry but, considering that Gentry is a good kid and considering your friendship, he just can't do it. He says he will just release Gentry to you and let you handle the matter.
You get to the store and Gentry is sitting in the manager's office and softly crying. Gentry admits that he was trying to steal the candy bars. You apologize to your friend the manager and Gentry does the same. You are told you are free to go and you take Gentry home.
Gentry is silent for the ride home. When you get him home, Gentry explains he saw some of the guys from school at the park. He said they hung out a bit but then started teasing him about being a good kid. He said they were calling him "Angel" and stuff like that. Gentry said it was bad. Gentry says the other guys told him that he could prove he wasn't an angel if he would steal some candy for them because they were hungry. Gentry said he knew it was wrong but he just couldn't deal with the teasing. Gentry says he did steal the candy but the other guys ran off when he got caught. Gentry has returned the candy to the store.
How do you handle this matter? Does Gentry's past impeccable record impact your decision? Do the circumstances of the theft impact your decision?