A DMK Production
You have two sons. Stanley is fourteen and Stewart is eight. This morning Stanley was caught shoplifting gaming cards from a local store. The manager turned Stanley over to you to deal with.
You lectured Stanley long and hard about stealing and dishonesty and truly read him the riot act about why stealing was wrong. Your lecture had Stanley feeling horrible and remorseful and he was in tears when you were finished. Of course you added to those tears when Stanley was sent to cut a switch. Stanley ended up a very sore and sorry boy.
Whereas Stewart did not see Stanely's switching he did hear it. However, Stewart also heard every word of your lecture to Stanley. Stewart is now feeling very guilty and has a heavy conscience.
Yesterday, unknown to you, Stewart stole two dollars from your wallet to buy something from the ice cream truck.
Stewart disappears outside and returns with a switch.
Stewart starts crying and confesses his theft and says he is sorry. He hands you the switch.
Do you use the switch? How do you deal with Stewart's confession?