The Neighborhood Range
A mahoover Production
This morning your sixteen year old son Kevin came to you very embarrassed, and asked to talk to you privately. You took him into your office, and asked him what is wrong. He stammers for a while and then tells you that he has a sore on his rear, and it is hurting him too much to sit down. You tell him that you know it is embarrassing, but you need to see what is wrong, and have him drop his pants. When you take a look, you see a raised circular welt that is oozing puss, and obviously infected. You have him pull up his pants, get a pillow to sit on, and head straight to the urgent care center for professional help. On the drive to the urgent care center, you question him about what happened. He eventually admits that he was hit with a BB. By then you are at the urgent care, so you don't probe for more details, but get him checked in and seen.
He is really embarrassed when the female nurse has him take off his pants a lie on the examining table. She drapes an absorbent sheet over him, and says that the doctor will be right in. The doctor comes in and takes a look. He says that Kevin has an infected abscess, and he is lucky that he doesn't need to be admitted to the hospital for blood poisoning. The doctor gives Kevin a local for the pain, and then lances the abscess and cleans it out. He puts in a drain, and says that it will have to be cleaned with a cotton ball and hydrogen peroxide twice a day. While the doctor is showing you how to clean the wound, Kevin turns beet red and complains about how embarrassing this is. The doctor also gives Kevin a shot of strong antibiotics (in the other bun), and a prescription for more antibiotics. And sends you home saying you need to come back in a week, or go straight to the ER if it gets red, or Kevin spikes a fever.
On your way home, you talk to Kevin to find out more about how he got shot with a BB gun. He explains that last week he and his friends (all 15 and 16) wanted to go shoot cans with his BB gun. But John, one of his friends had to take care of his 7 year old brother Alex. So the boys decided that Alex could come along. Part of the deal you made with Kevin when he got the BB gun is that he is responsible for the BB gun, and to not let anyone that hadn’t taken the appropriate gun safely classes be around when the BB gun was being used. Alex is too young to have taken the course, but he really wanted to be with the big boys and to hold the BB gun. Alex was about to have a meltdown, so John promised Alex that he could hold the BB gun while the cans were being set back up. While Kevin was walking down range to set the cans back up, one of the other boys told Alex to point the BB gun at Kevin, and pull the trigger as a joke. Since Alex knew the older boys were in charge, he did what he was told, not realizing it was a joke. All of the boys knew how upset the various parents would be if they found out what happened, so they dug the BB out of Kevin's rear, washed the wound, and put a Band-Aid on it. Everyone swore that they wouldn't tell anyone about what happened.
When you got Kevin the BB gun at the beginning of the summer, before he could use it, he and his friends had to take the appropriate gun safety classes. While you and the other neighborhood fathers have inspected where the boys shoot cans, and determined it is a safe range for BB guns, you and the boys know that they broke several range safety rules. You do spank Kevin (usually bare, with a paddle), but since he got his license, you have also started using car restrictions. Both methods work well for you.
What (if any) are the additional consequences for Kevin? Is the embarrassment of having to have his abscess cleaned twice a day and the pain involved with the injury enough, or does he need to have his other bun brought to a bright red state?