Dad Turns His Kid In to Cops for Crime Spree: Would You?

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arrestedCops investigating a series of break-ins at some Florida schools got a break in the case they probably weren't expecting. One of the four kids responsible came to them ... with his stepdad leading the way. Yes, in 2013, a father turned in his own kid (and prompted the arrest of three of the kid's buddies) for stealing.

Can I get a hell yeah for Dad? Four kids, ages 10 to 14, are now facing some real punishment for an ill-advised alleged crime spree through their local school buildings.

There were other options here.

This stepdad could have sat his son down for a talk about how "stealing is bad, m'kay?" and they could have hugged it out and sung Kumbaya. It would be very 2013.

He could have called up the schools and played Let's Make a Deal, bartering the stolen goods for some slap on the wrist.

Or -- and let's face it, some parents would do this -- he could have ignored his gut, pretended those items magically appeared in his kid's bedroom.

He could have done any and all of those. But he didn't. He called the cops. As he told a local paper:

The little ones need to learn that you can't steal and you can't lie.

Truer words are rarely spoken. Maybe I impress easily, or maybe I've just seen too many helicopter parents making all the wrong choices, making things too easy for their kids ... and teaching them nothing in the long run.

But parents taking a hard line like this are to be commended. You do your kid a greater service in the long run if you take these matters seriously, and dole out serious consequences.

It's not pleasant to think of your kid as a thief. It's even more unpleasant to think of them tangling with cops. But what this dad did was stop his kid short, show him that bad behavior will not be acceptable.

As parents, that's our job. We need to teach our kids that bad behavior won't get them anywhere in life. Fixing the problem for them doesn't teach that; if anything, it does the opposite. It sets them up for a life of screw-ups, with the expectation that someone will make it right for them.

The four kids in this case -- 10 through 14 -- are still young enough that they have time to learn, time to be guided back to the straight and narrow path we all want our kids to fallow.

What this stepfather did was risky. His stepson could end up hating him, his wife could hate him, who knows. But at the end of the day, he did the right thing.

Would you do the same?


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nonmember avatar mdw

i think we need more parents like this. Instead, we hear or more stories where the parents actually HELP the kids do whatever crime it is. Or the parent doing it & getting the kid to help. Im waiting for someone to make an "evil stepdad" comment

LostS... LostSoul88

Good for the father! Hell yeah I would turn my kids in. Parents needs to stop proteting their kids.

kckcm2 kckcm2

Heck yea. Kudos to him.

Paws84 Paws84

Hell yes I would.

nonmember avatar truth

OK. It says the STEPfather. I wonder what mommy thought about this? Just saying, I would turn my step children in to the police in a heart beat, they are vicious monsters. Not that my own children would ever even think or have the chance to do any stealing .. but no, I would never call the police on my own.

Peggy Kelly-Dinger

Dear Nonmember:  You would then be teaching your children that breaking the law is ok as long as they don't get caught?  SHAME ON YOU!   


Ranee' Ethridge Steele is a greater act of love to stop the behavior before it gets out of hand..Kudos to the step dad..your step son will be a better man /person for your tough love..My kids know that if they make bed choices they will suffer the consequences.

Jennifer Lee Vye

Nonmember - Wow. Double standards all around your house. Makes me wonder why your step-children are "monsters"... maybe its the way you treat them. Do unto others - treat your step-children the same way you'd want a step-parent or other adult to treat your "gems".

jhslove jhslove

Yes, I would.

nonmember avatar tasha

Truth, are you that ignorant? You'll turn your step kids in if they committed a crime but not your own? I hope your husband divorces your butt, just smh.

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