Hmmm... husband and I thought it would be a long ride down. Maybe not. TLP found a "nickel bag" in his room this morning and called cops. He admitted it was his and was arrested. Cops also found cigarettes on him and told him they could charge him with- that as well, but wouldn't. Apparently, in the City of Chicago you get X number of points to burn as a juvie. What that means is that Tyler once again gets off scot-free. I did call the station and asked if there could be an exception made so that there *are* some immediate legal consequences. Nope. Okay. As husband said, however many points there are, he'll burn through them fast. Once he hits 0, he will go to juvie. husband wanted to know if I will hire atty when he gets there - I said only if courts require it. I'm firm on that one. Rather ironic in that yesterday I got an email from him telling me "I've realized, that all I need to survive are the skills that I do have, the friends at my side, and trust in myself." And my response to that was "follow your heart and make your choices. You have a good heart, son." TLP staff seemed impressed with his remorse. in my humble opinion, he's only remorseful about getting busted. Since there will be no real consequences, aside from loss of level to "red" and a 72-hour restriction to the house (which he should've already been on for the AWOL), I don't think we'll have to wait too long for the next stunt. thank you doesn't learn - he still has an amazing capacity for misery. husband and I are remarkably zen about the whole thing. We will not bring it up with thank you. It's none of our business. I didn't cry, didn't get angry. It's a bit surreal but ... it is what it is. Can't do a thing about it. We *will* search him before he enters our home and we will ask him not to bring any clothing. We'll keep clothes here for him. Just another day in the life. Sigh.