So I found out through a friend that my son was offered $10 to grab a girl’s butt at school fortunately he is smart enough to know this is NOT something any boy should do and refused saying, “I am not doing that, I don’t want to get arrested.” Smart boy.
These are the kinds of things that have scared me and kept me up at night while he was in middle school. Kids quickly pick out the kids they can use and will try. When he was in middle school I had a lot of eyes and ears in the school. We are there for 5 years and live in a small town. I also worked in the school as a temp and were friends with many teachers and assistants. There were people who kept their eyes on him making sure no one tried to get over on him. I was told “they ask him to do stupid things. Nothing big but things that can get him in trouble and he thinks everyone is his friend.”
Fortunately he was smart enough to refuse $10 this time. Fortunately, all our talks haven’t fallen on deaf ears. Fortunately he told someone who told me and now we can build on the lesson quietly without him getting upset or realizing that this has anything to do with what was said so he continues to be open with the student who told his mom. Unfortunately this kid will be graduating this year. Unfortunately my son thinks everyone is his friend.
I can only hope that the next time some black-hearted punk decides to try to talk my son into doing something for entertainment he again refuses. It is what I pray for every night before I go to bed. Lord help him navigate life and come to us if he ever needs help or has questions.