Today is the first day of The Boy's life, post detention. Yesterday, he was clad in a beige jumpsuit, and cuffed and shackled. He shuffled into the courtroom - they had removed his shoelaces. After a short court hearing, he was released to my custody.
He has his next hearing on September 25. He will then plead guilty to three counts of assault in the third degree. If he's well-behaved during this temporary probationary period, the juvenile officer will recommend probation. If not, he faces detention, or placement in a group home.
He is now on 'temporary' rules of probation. I have been instructed to report any bad behavior - if I don't, then I face possible arrest and detention.
I'd prefer not to make this a family affair.
So far, he is contrite and calm. He occasionally mentions something about the two days he spent in captivity. He does not want to go back.
Maybe this is the wake up call he needed. I still think it would have been easier if he would have listened to The Mister and me.
But The Boy has always been the kind of person who needs to learn lessons the hard way.
I hope this lesson sticks.
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