Dear Carol

Telling on a troublemaker?

I know this boy who says he would like to hurt someone. He is mean to animals. I know that his father hunts and that means he owns guns. I’m scared. What should I do?

-Freaked Out

Dear Freaked Out,

Is this boy a big-mouthed bully or a menace to society? You shouldn’t have to be the one to make that judgment. Tell a parent exactly what you told me. Or type an anonymous note on plain paper to your teacher or principal or both.

You wouldn’t be landing the boy in jail; you’d be alerting an adult about a worry that is too big for you. Ask to keep your name out of things, then sleep well knowing that you’ve done what you could.

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by Carol Weston | 2/1/2016