He was having a good day, when he got in my face because I scolded easy child. Started yelling at me that I can't yell at easy child. On and on it went. Pushing me. Threatening me. He finally cooled off, but then realized that I would tell his father about his episode. That started him all over again. Screaming at me that I can't tell dad. I told him that if I feel that his father needs to be told something, and this was ones of those times, I would tell him. So he pulled a large knife from the knife block and said he was going to kill himself because his father was going to kill him anyway. easy child sees him pull this knife and started screaming. He runs out of the house and says he's going to Gram's house, which is down the street. I called Gram to let her know he was walking down there. By this time difficult child put the knife back, but when I again refused to say that I would not tell his dad that he pushed me and threatened me, he took it out again. I told him that I was going to call the police because he was making threats with a knife, and he said , "Go ahead! See if I care! That just means you don't love me!" So, I called the police and told them that I had a 13 year old brandishing a knife and threatening suicide. The 911 operator was great. She heard him screaming while I was on the phone with her and she agreed to speak with him. Once difficult child got tired of pleading his case to her she got back on the phone with me and said she would remain on the line with me until the responding officer got there, which was all of two seconds later. Because he made threats of suicide the officers said that he had to go to the ER. If they took him they would have to handcuff him and the officer felt that would have been too traumatic for him. Personally, I would have gone that way. If we drove him (husband got home from work while I was on the phone with 911) the officer would follow in his car and walked us into the ER to make sure that difficult child gave us no problems. On the way there difficult child kept saying that this was all my fault. That I should never have called the police and I should have known that he was "joking." He apparently tried telling the nurse in ER psyche unit the same thing and he basically told difficult child to knock it off. No one made his pick up that knife. That was his choice and no one else's. They are keeping him overnight and will decide sometime tonight or tomorrow, when they have had a chance to evaluate him fully, to decide if they will discharge him or have him admitted to a hospital that deal with adolescents. I'll know more tomorrow.