Ughh. A rough afternoon. Not even over yet. School out at 2:30. Called the police at 3:00 for the hitting, throwing, slamming, yelling, general unruliness. difficult child asleep by 3:05 and the police arrived at 3:20. The officers were very understanding, even pointing out that if it was better that he sleep they could come back later. He awoke when I went to check on him. He would not come downstairs so they went up and immediately got on him about the disaster in his room. They were very harsh, tough language, brought out the handcuffs, told him about how things work out if he continues like he is. They told him to start cleaning his room. (he did) Then they came down explained to me some options and answered some questions. They checked on difficult child one last time, gave me some paperwork and left. No charges were pressed. They were supportive and helpful. I am glad I called, but I really have some serious decisions to make. Press charges next time? Most likely, but they told me d.v. and assault will stay on his record into adulthood.