My son's school never has enough money for... anything. This includes something as simple as functioning lockers. At gym class, my son left his wallet, phone and watch in one of those "press your luck" lockers. Minutes after depositing his items, someone told my boy his locker as ajar. Sure enough, the lock mechanism had been pried. He discovered that his smart watch had been taken.
He told me he gathered his remaining valuables and found the teacher in the gym. As he was speaking, my son heard his phone chime that it had connected to the watch.
So definitely someone in that room had the watch.
My son waited. A few kids left. Nothing. Then, after one boy leaves, the phone chimes that it has disconnected with the watch.
Why am I proud of my boy? Not because he figured out who had the watch. First, he had the discipline not to knock the snot straight out of the thief (My son is one of the tallest in his grade. He easily could have.). Secondly, he was able to describe to the School Resource Officer (guard) the details of what happened. THEN explain it again to the Dean of students. THEN wait for the okay to search the little scumbag thief's bag.
And of course it was in the thief's bag. He was too stupid to ditch the damn thing, or even shut it off.
But it was the look on my son's face as he was telling the story. There wasn't a ton of smug pride in the telling. But I did see a hint of sadness. When my son finished, I asked him, "Did they tell you what would happen to the thief."
He shrugged, and said the school would press charges "on (my son's) behalf".
But we know how this goes. The thief heads to Continuation School. Maybe he gets his act together and learns to fly straight. Maybe.
Most likely, his f-ed up parents have damaged this kid enough that he's beyond fixing. Any 16 year old that thinks he has the right to take someone else's property has a tough road in front of him.
I don't know this kid's parents, but I hate them. They can have every socio-economical excuse on why their kid is messed up. But in the end, it's on them. My son got his watch back. He saved his money, and worked for that watch. He was smart enough to get it back. I'll take some credit for instilling those values in him.
That other kid's parents? I am disgusted. I do pray that at some point soon, you grow-up and learn to parent. I'm not spending $70,000 a year to lock-up your miscreant when he turns 18. Start paying attention to your kid NOW. Put down the Bud Light, turn off the MMA PPV, and be a parent.