As I was cleaning the garage recently, I unfortunately found a crack pipe inside my 16 year old son's car. When I questioned him about it, he claimed that he didn't use it and that his "crack head friend" left it in there. However, I knew he wasn't being truthful because the crack pipe was still warm and his classes are online.
I deduced that the crack pipe must have been used just recently because there was no insulator around it that could have kept it warm since classes went online in March 2020, and the heat capacity of glass isn't all that high for it to simply feel that hot just because it was sitting inside the car for a few days. I called him out on the lie and after some questioning, he finally admitted that he was using crack.
I had always had some suspicion of him doing something behind my back because he'd always tell me that he had to go meet up with his girlfriend "Hannah Montana" and would always come home acting funny, though I could never put my finger on it. I didn't want to put my nose into his business so I hadn't questioned him before. Turns out he was a druggie. He still won't tell me who's supplying the crack or how he's getting it. He has some experiments in the basement set up, so I'm feeling suspicious that he's making the crack himself (so I've shut down his "lab" for the time being).
Now I'm left in a dilemma: what should I do? He's a great student and brings home all A's. He's an aspiring chemist and his teachers tell me that he's one of the brightest students they've ever met. If I report this, his record will probably be ruined. I'm completely lost and don't know what steps to take. Should I just not do anything, given that he's a good and responsible student? Will he grow out of it? Is this just a phase all kids go through?