Parents turn to the police?

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Parents turn to the police?
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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 5:39pm

I recognize that sometimes parents do need to involve the police in family matters, but when is the right time to do so?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 7:15pm

I think it is entirely dependent on the individual situation. The young woman may have been engaged in petty theft or other criminal activity for years during her teens, and her mom may have felt that getting the law involved was necessary to set her straight.

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 7:30pm

The parents we've known that have involved the police (including my sister-in-law) truely did it as a last resort.... after tremendous family pain, after pouring money into doctors, shrinks, specialists... taking leave from work to focus on their child... having their marriages break up partly due to the constant stress in the household.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 8:48pm

Sorry to say, I also believe that you're not getting the whole story here, simply because, as you and your co-workers noted, many kids do stupid things, and most parents would not turn them in.

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Registered: 08-08-2009
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 11:13pm

This reminds me of some poor guy named Jarnell something a few years ago down in Georgia (I think).

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 11:40pm

Kimmy, I like the advice "don't videotape your crime."

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 11:47am

To All:

I suppose my thoughts on the matter are colored by what we saw with James's aunt when he was a teen.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 4:21pm