|On the subject of disappointing kids...
||[Oct. 3rd, 2006|11:02 am]
The Question Club
You have a 20yr old son. The two of you are very close, and you can say you have a special relationship. He's the most important person in your life. You've never loved another person like him. In your eyes, he's a gentleman and completely decent with a good heart. However...
1. You overhear one day that he and his best friend have been the ones responsible for all those liquor store robberies all over the city. In convicted, both boys would serve time and many years at that, considering the number of robberies involved. Would you turn him in?
2. Your son comes to you one night and says that sometime last month, he and his 3 buddies got drunk, and ending up taking turns raping a 16 yr old girl who was at a party. He's sorry about it, and his only explanation was that he was drunk and it was peer pressure. She's pressing charges, but friends at the party are lying to cover up for him and his buddies, saying they were never there. His friends' parents are making up alibis, saying that the boys were with them the night in question, not at a party. Your son asks you to do the same. If you lie, there's a good chance that all the guys will get off. If you don't go along, then there's a chance they might all be found guilty and serve time, probably years in prison. Would you lie to protect your son?
3. Your son aces his SATs and, combined with his GPA, earns a scholarship to an ivy league school. You're beaming with pride. You find out shortly after that he had cheated on the SATs and had hacked the school's computer to change his grades. He doesn't deserve that scholarship at all, and he's keeping someone else from getting it. Two things to consider: your son's dream is to be a lawyer and an ivy league diploma would really set him apart from all the others, and if his cheating is exposed, odds are he'll get into a lot of trouble and no college would want him after that. Only you know about his cheating. Would you expose him?