A “Reader” suggested an excellent topic yesterday on our blog: How much help do you give a child/teen/adult child in trouble?
“Reader” is referring to the big story about the Atlanta schoolteacher who was charged Wednesday with tampering with evidence that implicated her daughter, Aimee Michael, in a crash that killed five people.
The AJC story reports: “Fulton County police issued citations to Sheila Michael for obstruction and tampering with evidence, police said.”
“Police have indicated that Sheila Michael knew about the crash several days after the incident and helped arrange for the BMW to be repaired.”
The mother is a 52-year-old second-grade school teacher for the Atlanta Public School system.
So “Reader” asks:
“What should a parent’s role be when a child gets in trouble outside of the home? Do you stick up for your child no matter what? If you thought your teen or older child had done something wrong and no one knew, how would you approach it? If you knew they had done something wrong, would you turn them in?”
I add to those questions: Would you turn them in if you thought they could go to jail for it? How far would your help go?