One mom was forced to make a terrible decision -- should she turn her own 14-year-old son into police for a horrible crime but one that could ruin his entire life? Many moms would have gone into denial. Or dismissed what they'd seen. But not this mother. While putting her 2-year-old down for a nap, she left her 14-year-old son to clean up the living room with his 8-year-old cousin. That's when something unimaginable happened.
Thinking it was too quiet downstairs, the mom went to check things out and saw what no mom ever wants to see: Her son, Soloman Pule, had allegedly mounted his young cousin on the love seat, pulled her skirt up, and threatened her with scissors if she didn't comply. She reportedly told police: "He shoved his thing in me."
Pule reportedly admitted to the crime during interrogation. He will be charged as an adult. I'm not sure how I feel about that. While what he did was egregious, I'm not convinced that a 14-year-old has a total grasp of what he or she does. The brain isn't even fully formed. The problem is that not being charged as an adult can too often lead to a slap on the wrist, which is definitely NOT okay in this case.
As for the mom, she could have done what a lot of moms would have done: convinced herself this was kids playing sex games. Experimenting. Doing what a lot of kids do (though we like to deny it). She could have put it out of her mind.
But she didn't want to do that to her niece. Imagine what her niece would have grown up thinking and feeling if her aunt had seen this and yet dismissed it.
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The mom did the right thing. But now her son may have committed a crime that may follow him forever. He may be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Getting into college and getting a job will be difficult with a prison record that isn't expunged because he's being charged as an adult.
But the mom did what she had to do. It was a very brave choice. It was the only choice.
What do you think you would have done?
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