Is it a bad idea to ban my boy from hanging around with the class troublemaker?

I think it’s only a matter of time before he leads our son down the wrong path

Parents say the boy is a troublemaker and has been suspended for smoking. Photo: Picture posed/Getty Images

Katie Byrne

My 13-year-old son has made friends with a classmate who is known as a bad influence. He’s a troublemaker and, according to other parents, he’s very disruptive in class and been suspended for smoking.