You are sitting at home one evening and the news comes on. The lead story involves a group of young black kids who had ransacked a local gas station. They steal everything out in the open with no regards for the security camera that is recording their actions.

Even worse, after leaving the gas station, it is suspected that many of the members of that mob attacked people – injuring them seriously. As you watch the embarrassing actions of some of our young people, you think to yourself, “What is wrong with those kids?”

Then, suddenly, two individuals’ faces stand out on the film. Those faces belong to your kids. What do you do?

The news reporter says the police will be working vigilantly to identify the young people’s images captured by the camera. As a single parent who has done all you could to set the right directions for your children, you are heartbroken to see your children, who should know better participating in that kind of behavior. You didn’t raise them to be thugs and thieves, and yet there they are in living color being just that. Do you turn them in or not?

Well, the above scenario is what happened to “Kizzy,” a mother in Wisconsin. When she initially confronted her children, they denied being involved. But after sleeping on it overnight (and probably making them watch the video online), she again spoke with her children and they agreed that they would turn themselves in.

Fortunately, several other parents felt the same way, as did some of the other kids who were remorseful as well.

I applaud Kizzy for what she did. I believe I would have done the very same thing had my children been involved in something like that. I would have felt strongly about them accepting the punishment for their actions.

Strangely, or maybe not so strangely, I had several Facebook friends who were more concerned about the kids getting a record than about what the children did. As we posted our opinions back and forth, I finally shut one of them down with God’s eighth commandment.

It is not a request or an option. It doesn’t have a codicil saying it is to be obeyed except if you don’t want a criminal record. It is unequivocal in its meaning and only four words: Thou shall not steal.

Now, I know a bunch of people who will feel strongly about “protecting” their kids. As one of the people with whom I spoke about this on the phone told me, “That’s my baby! I ain’t turning in my child.”

Those words resonate far too often in the black community from mamas whose boys and girls are out of control. Then the person goes on to say they will render justice on their child themselves.

But the truth of the matter is this. The fear of a parent’s justice, which used to keep kids from committing a crime, isn’t there. Otherwise the child would have had second thoughts before picking up several trays of chips and candy and just walking out the gas station with it.

And to me, that attitude is the major part of the reason why we have so much criminal behavior going on. Many parents are no longer concerned with teaching their children a moral lesson. Their concern is more about man’s criminal record on their child than God’s.

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