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Son’s Expulsion From College Shatters a Family’s Dreams, But When He Rejects a Second Chance Offer From the School, Everyone Is Stunned.

In the whirlpool of parental expectations and educational struggles, the Original Poster (OP) confronts a complex family conflict; his son’s academic failures and subsequent expulsion from the university. The tension escalates when OP proposes a tough-love solution, insisting his son regain trust through successful performance in community college, triggering debate within the family. As the son reluctantly embarks on this new academic journey, the family hangs in the balance, waiting to see if this course correction will rescue their son’s education and mend their family fabric.

A Dream Deferred

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OP discovers that his son, presumed to be a thriving university junior, has been failing and dropping many of his classes. His son had maintained an illusion of good standing at school, soothing his parents’ worries. The only access OP had to his son’s school account was to make tuition payments, thus hiding the academic decline.

The Price of Desire

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OP’s son had wanted to attend a more expensive school, a wish his parents granted because his sister had had a fruitful experience at the same university. They forked out more funds, hoping the decision would work out just as well for their son. Little did they know that their son’s academic life was in turmoil.

An Uncomfortable Homecoming

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The truth unraveled when OP’s son returned home for the summer and confessed to his academic struggles. His academic alert since the first semester had evolved into probation for falling below the required GPA. Suspended for failing to raise his GPA above 2.0, his hopes hung on a lenient decision by the dean.

The Last Straw

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Despite the dean’s merciful offer of one more chance, OP’s son fell into the same pattern, failing yet another class, which led to his expulsion from the university. With no other alternatives, the son finally decided to come clean to his parents. OP’s hopes and trust in his son’s academic success were severely damaged.

The Cost of Education

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OP had spent approximately $84,000 pursuing his son’s degree to spare him from the financial burden of student loans, an experience OP had endured. But what they had to show for this investment were 34 university credits and a kid without a degree. The financial hit was as devastating as the academic downfall.

The Second Chance

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Upon his suspension, the son applied and was accepted into another university, revealing his persistence despite his previous failures. However, OP set strict boundaries: he would not be financing the son’s education this time. This stipulation suggested the son’s newfound responsibility in managing his academic journey.

The Proposal

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Bending his initial stance, OP offered a compromise that his son could earn his trust back by attending community college for a few semesters. If the son passed all his classes, OP would agree to pay for the new university semester-by-semester. A ray of hope emerged from the tumultuous situation, conditional on the son’s performance.

No Room for Secrets

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To ensure transparency, OP decided he would need access to his son’s grades every term. This requirement added an additional layer of accountability to the son’s academic commitments. The relationship was on the mend, built upon the newfound trust and openness.

Addressing the Root Cause

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OP stressed that his son seek guidance at school to address his learning issues and poor academic habits. In an extended show of support, OP offered to cover therapy costs if needed. The son’s academic struggles now became a family endeavor.

Resistance to Redemption

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The son’s reaction to the proposal was not as OP had expected. He expressed absolute disdain towards the idea of attending community college. This reaction brought an unexpected twist, suggesting the son’s reluctance to accept OP’s lifeline.

A Rift Amongst Parents

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OP’s wife disagreed with his plan, believing it to be unnecessarily harsh on their son. She wished to give him a second chance without the additional community college requirements. The son’s academic failures led to a rift between the parents.

The Question of Compatibility

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OP suggested an alternative path for his son, proposing that maybe college was not for everyone and trades could be a viable option. His wife, however, instantly rejected this idea. An additional conflict unfolded as they struggled to find common ground regarding their son’s future.

Questioning Morality

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OP wondered if he was unjustly enforcing such stringent conditions for his son’s second chance. A sense of guilt started to creep in, challenging his conviction about his decision.

Was The Father’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posted his story online to see if others thought his demands were too rigid. The readers in the community forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “It’s reasonable not to want to pay tens of thousands of dollars when you can’t trust it’s being put to good use. And he still can take out loans if he wants to go to his school of choice now.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “He failed out the first time, and even worse, he didn’t come clean. Maybe he needs time to re-evaluate his priorities before going to another college.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “You paying for his college isn’t a right. It is a gift. The community college idea is great as it will help show he can deal with college before going somewhere expensive again.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “I feel you’re being very lenient. My parents only pay tuition and fees for me while I pay for room and board. If I get a C+ or lower, that ends.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.

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