After everything that has been going on, I get a call from difficult child's school today. The Principal tells me that difficult child stole one of his teacher's car keys and she is pressing charges!!! WHAT? I'm confused, please start from the beginning. The principal tells me that difficult child had the key in his gym locker and the key was in his "neatly" folded clothes. Uh...my difficult child doesn't do anything "neatly" but ok. Tuesday evening I received a call from the teacher telling me to ask difficult child where he "put" her key? difficult child tells me that another student took the key from him and threw it in his locker. After getting off the phone, I questioned this. difficult child tells me that the teacher GAVE difficult child her keys to get in the room to get 2 more basketball balls. After getting the balls, another student took the keys and took the car key off the ring and was playing with it. difficult child said he told the teacher and she didn't do anything. At the end of class, difficult child said the student threw the key in his locker when he was changing and he forgot to get the key out, "threw" his clothes and gym shoes in and took off to his next class so he wasn't late. Does anyone else see the differences in these 2 stories? When I talked to the teacher on Tuesday evening, I ask her if she wanted me to bring difficult child back to the school to help locate the key and she said, "No, that's okay. It's not that big of a deal." I thought this to be a little odd since it was her car key but went with it. Now she has pressed charges and difficult child has received another citation (that I will have to pay)or Theft under $50 for a key that was NO big deal the day before. I don't trust difficult child on too many stories but I actually believe him on this. Besides the fact that there is nothing he can do with the key (he does NOT know how to drive or what car belongs to her), I believe he just "threw" his clothes in his locker because he throws them all throughout the house. Not to mention, he has been doing very well in school this year and now that is gone! He had taken alot of pride of not getting in trouble at school. ANDDD...the principal said difficult child was concerned about the situation because of his probation. My difficult child has done alot of things but stealing is not one of them. While I know it is possible and he is FARRRRR from perfect, if difficult child was going to steal something...I'm thinking it would be something that he could use. I do plan on going to the school tomorrow to talk further to the Principal on this matter and I will fight this citation. Maybe they forgot I work in law enforcement and since the teacher "handed" difficult child her keys, it is NOT theft!!! And maybe she should have listened to difficult child when he told her the other student had the car key from her key ring. Any thoughts on this???