This is the 1st time he has ever been in any trouble of any kind. He is being punished at home and was brought up to be better than this. The value of the items was about $180.00, which I offered to pay the store, but they refused and want to make an example of my son. Are there any programs in VA to keep this out of the court room (such as a judification program, not sure if that is spelled right) and keep his punishment to a minimum, such as community service, etc. ? I want him to learn a lesson, but I don't want some retailer taking out their anger on an otherwise good kid who made a mistake. I would like to keep this 1st offense off of his record. If does anything this dumb again, he will have to face the consequences.
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