We'll be in court first thing in the morning for difficult child to get his real sentence. Please keep him in your thoughts and send mental vibes to the judge to just be fair and consider all that the doctors and school and even policeman said. I'm not looking for him to get a "free ride" and I don't think he should, but 6 mos or more would be so damaging to him. Do most difficult children who get sentences in detention go out and never break the law again because they learned a lesson? Or do most learn worse in juvie, can only make friends with kids who have been in trouble afterwards, and end right back there again? If he comes home, it will take me the rest of the summer to get him out of speaking the slang talk he has learned in there and trying to "polish" the rough edges off before school starts again. Anyway- I would appreciate any rattling of beads! The attny hasn't returned my call from Monday- meaning he hasn't done anything to prepare for this- so those beads and mental vibes are all we have right now... SIGH.