I dunno . . . I sympathize with her.
"The mother told the Herald that she didn't know what else to do with her son, so she called police. . . . . She told the paper that she hopes this arrest will be a wake-up call for her son, because she worries about getting a call someday telling her he's been killed."
"Punched a police officer" . . . "shoplifted" . .. ."stolen money" . . ."nearing expulsion" . . . .
She needs help - I have to give her credit for not giving up. Maybe now someone will enroll her in some parenting classes. There is no dad there either - maybe some nice man can befriend this little family and help out. Maybe one of the cops. Maybe a Big Brother program.
I've been up against a rock and a hard place before . . . sometimes drastic measures have to be taken.
(Just a disclaimer here - I always carefully opened up my presents prior to Christmas and then carefully closed them up so no one would know . . .of course I hadn't punched a cop or shoplifted and I wasn't in danger of getting expelled from school).
p.s. I doubt a "stern talking to" by the mom, as mentioned by another poster, would work. . . .