The children were involved in a spring tidy up, and were picking rubbish in and around the school.
My son was in a group that picked rubbish outside the school perimeter in the woods. My son told me one of the boys found a gun. I asked was it a toy gun, NO. Was it plastic? NO. Was it light or heavy (trying to ascertain if it was indeed plastic)? HEAVY. You sure it was a real gun? "Mum, I know what a real gun looks like!" (Possibly, we have a rifle in the house, it is on display together with my dads trophies for a sport that involves cross country skiing and target shooting.)
Besides, he said, it wasnt loaded. We tried shooting with it, and nothing happened.
I asked if they shoved the Teacher? NO. Did they tell the teacher? NO. Why not? "I think the boy who found it was planning on taking it home secretly."
See, my dilemma is this. If it indeed was a real gun, the teacher and the authorities should be allerted of the found. If it was a toygun, so what if the boy sneaked it home, and telling the school would just put my son in trouble with his friends.
I can see three possibilities:
- It was a real gun
2. It was a toy gun and the boys were mistaken
3. It was toy gun and the boys pretended it was real for play value and excitement.
But, as a parent, what do I do?