Parents turn in sons to police in Fayetteville, North Carolina after the couple spotted them on their local TV news broadcast on New Year’s Eve. Multiple cameras caught the teens, who were supposed to be staying with an older sibling, breaking into the Tech Boyz shop, according to the Examiner. They allegedly took laptops, cell phones, and other merchandise.
“To the [parents] who turned them in, thank you,” Tech Boyz co-owner Jesse Hill said. “I hate if it’s your kids, but thank you for doing the right thing.”
Within hours of seeing the footage, the parents turned their son into police. Fayetteville authorities said the 14 and 16-year-old were issued four charges (breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering) and will be processed through juvenile court because of their ages. Hill sent a message to the sons.
“I hope you learned a lesson.”
The parents who turned in their sons to police in Fayetteville were at church while they recorded the local news program. Later, they watched the program and saw the teens burglarizing the store, according to ABC7 News. The entire family likely got an education through this experience, psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert said.
“I can’t imagine it was an easy decision for the parents,” he says. “But they made a bold statement to their kids, and to their community, about doing the right thing.”
Going forward, trust will have to be repaired on both sides.
“Teens may initially resent their parents, and ironically, perhaps not even trust them,” Alpert says. “The kids must remember that the parents did what they were legally obligated to do. Anything short of turning them in may have led to them facing their own charges.”
But the parents who turned their sons into police in Fayetteville will have to see changes before they can trust them again.
“Trust problems exist between most teens and parents because they’re coming from different generations,” he explains. “The adults now need to be crystal clear about what they expect and get strict. They need to be more aware of who their kids are with, their whereabouts and establish some accountability.”
If the teens are first-time offenders, this experience could actually serve as a useful wake-up call. They are more likely to address underlying issues that led them to burglarize. It’s an opportunity for the parents and kids to work together toward healing and moving on.
All parents who would turn their sons into Fayetteville police will probably get a break from the judge. The parents did the right thing, and the merchandise was all returned, notes the Fayetteville Observer. They will likely be in counseling and will have to pay a huge fine.