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BOTD 10/9/14 "For A Good Cause" A DMK Production

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David M. Katz


Marshall
For A Good Cause
A DMK Production


Your thirteen year old son Gary has learned to make bracelets.  He also found he could sell the bracelets and use the money to help the local Children's Hospital.

Gary bracelets prove to be very popular and he has more orders than he can reasonable handle. If he can make all of the ordered bracelets and sell them then the hospital will receive a nice donation.

You and your spouse always head off to work a few minutes before Gary has to leave for the school bus.  Gary is always able to get himself to the bus stop.

Thinking he has no other choice Gary decides to stay home from school and work on the bracelets. He works hard and gets them all made.  

You come in from work and see Gary with his bracelets.


Gary - 13
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Gary explains that he stayed home from school and why and adds that "it was for a good cause."

Is Gary in trouble?


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Jack


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Gary knows the penalty for skipping school, so he can consider picking a switch for a good cause as well.

Honestly, I'm going to have a long talk with him about how he should have handled this. If he'd asked, I might have even okayed it. I may hold off on the switching until I see what happens at school, but what he did was wrong, he knew it was wrong, so now he can deal with it.


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John Boy


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Jack wrote:Gary knows the penalty for skipping school, so he can consider picking a switch for a good cause as well.

Honestly, I'm going to have a long talk with him about how he should have handled this.  If he'd asked, I might have even okayed it.  I may hold off on the switching until I see what happens at school, but what he did was wrong, he knew it was wrong, so now he can deal with it.
Ditto Jack.

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AFinch


Sherrif
It's generally easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

It was for a good cause, though he went about it totally the wrong way. Like Jack, we're going to have a long talk. Also like Jack, if he'd asked, I might have, even probably would have, ok'd it, and offered to help. Depending on his response to that talk, Gary may just have burning ears, or he may have a burning bottom to accompany them.

ivor


Marshall
Reckon he knew that if he'd asked to stay at home I'd have said 'No'.

I don't want him to lose his enthusiasm to work for good causes though so any punishment should not be too severe.

It can also be argued that he didn't actually deceive me as he never told me he wasn't going to school and then told me what he'd been doing as soon as I got home. So, he is going to write a letter to the Principal explaining his absence today and they can then punish him for that as they deem fit.

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squarecutter


Sherrif
I'm with Ivor. I will late school consequences happen. If they paddle so be it.

Jack


Admin
AFinch wrote:It's generally easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

I just want to say how much I hate this saying. It might be true, but it totally ignores that it's often easier to be denied than to deal with the consequences.


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MemoryMan


Sherrif
So Gary skipped school.  In doing so he didn't try to deceive me so I'm going to avoid a knee jerk reaction and more or less ditto Kier.

Gary was under some mental pressure, he failed to communicate it to me and, limited his own resources, he handled it badly - but Heck - he's only thirteen.

We are going to have a long talk that will widen beyond the immediate issue and only an unexpected bad attitude would put his butt in danger.

It is unlikely that with the stress he had put himself under that his day at school would have been very productive anyway; if our discussion is sufficiently positive I will also provide him with a note to alleviate school consequences.

But he'll know its a 'oneoff'

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Pi Beta


Deputy
Only if I knew that the school would punish him by a short term suspension would I try to interfere with what punishment the school meted out. (He could, of course, make lots more bracelets if suspended, but his studies would suffer and I'm not having that.)

We'll talk about how he should have handled this, but I won't be spanking him

Kat


Editor Extraordinaire
I'm with Ivor.

Kat

Iconoclast


Trailboss
School is supposed to be a preparation for the real world, thus the real world takes precedence over school.

Gary has been making the bracelets to sell, which is a real world activity, and he is behind in his orders.

Thus he should stay home and complete his orders rather then go to school only to prepare for the real world.

Gary has made the right choice so not only will I not punish him but I will prepare a permission slip for him to give to the school, giving a reason they will find acceptable!

Gary is my child NOT the school's child so i can excuse him for any reason I find acceptable to me. Thus, if the real reason is not good enough for the school I will lie as needed.

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