Sonny Wilson decided to do something stupid one day recently. The 12-year-old hopped onto the back of a truck and "surfed" it as it drove through crowded streets at 30 miles per hour.
He was quite a sight too, laughing and giving a thumbs up when hopping off. Other drivers even took a video of him, and posted him it online, where it went viral. I'm sure he got plenty of high fives from friends for his daring ways, and felt pretty smug about it ... for awhile.
Karen Brian, Sonny's mom, just happened to come across the viral video in her Facebook feed one day. She told the Express that at first she didn't think anything of it, other than it "was a stupid thing to do." Then a friend asked her if it was Sonny. She said, "I put two and two together and realized the silly prankster was my son. I just felt sick to my stomach."
I'm sure there was anger, fear, embarrassment, and so much more when that hit. Instead of just grounding him, or punishing him otherwise though, she got serious. So serious, in fact, that she called the police in their hometown of Lancashire, England ... on her very own son. She explained to the paper:
I made the difficult decision to report it to the police as I just can’t stop thinking about what could have happened. I want them to take him to the police station and instill the fear of God in him. He is a usually lovable lad who acts like the class clown for attention.
Bravo, I say. It would be hard to do, especially because it was all over and done with, and no one got hurt. I may have been tempted to just give him a harsh punishment and tell him that if it ever happened again, then I would call the police. But I applaud her for not taking the easy way out and for sending such a direct and powerful message to her son.
While Sonny has been suspended from school, it's only noted that police are "dealing with" the incident. At his age, I'm not sure what kind of charges he could face, but any of them are better than the dangerous fates he could face if he does something so stupid again.
Would you call the police on your own child for something like this?