A Jack Production
Your son, Kevin, is a freshman in high school.
After some behavior issues last year, he's been doing pretty well this year. Last year was hard on both of you, and Kevin had many a sore butt, along with trials of other forms of discipline. There were times when it seemed like nothing but a sore butt would get his attention.
A couple of weeks ago, you were contacted by the principal at the high school. Kevin had been sent to the office for 'possession of a weapon.' The principal decided to handle the matter as a 'look alike', rather than an actual weapon, and Kevin received the minimum punishment. However, the principal made it very clear the item was not to make a return to the school.
You'd never seen the item in question, and you thank the principal for taking the easy route.
Kevin thinks it's unfair that he was punished at all, and you make it clear that you agree with the principal, that you would have never allowed him to have anything like that if you'd known, and that you're tempted to wear him out when the two of you get home. He's rather sullen, but he's also learned when not to push. He reluctantly gives you the belt buckle, and you throw it away.
Today, you manage to leave work a bit early, and arrive to find Kevin shirtless, playing basketball... And yes, that is the belt buckle you threw away a couple of weeks ago. It turns out Kevin never quit wearing it, but just stopped tucking his shirt in.
Is it time to take the buckle off the belt, or something else?