My youngest son stayed with me this last weekend and was excited to tell me about finding an iPod touch while on a hike out near the lake. I didn't think much of it since my wife had found a Zune in the middle of the street, and my son has always been an honest kid. He'd already bought a cable for it and asked me about how to load it with music, etc. It was a nice father/son geek bonding experience.
Well...this morning a friend came by to apologize for her son. Apparently when my son had visited this last week...her boy's iPod touch had gone missing. When he realized my son had it last before leaving, he implored him to help in the search for it. My son got defensive and she feared his feelings were hurt that he was being accused of losing it.
Of course I told her my son's story and she was apologetic more than upset. Neither she nor I had suspected him capable of the theft. No one wants to see him crucified over making a bad decision, but now begins the fun task of figuring out how to handle the situation for fullest impact and lesson-learning. I do feel bad for the kid. The friendship can most likely be kissed goodbye, but as we discussed, that's for them to work out.
I already have a call in to his mother. Hopefully we can be on the same page regarding how to handle it and make the lesson stick.