Something has come up and I offered to the other person in this discussion to post the situation here and get different perspectives. After there have been a few responses, I'll give more details about who the people involved are. Here's what happened: Yesterday an unknown student stole a small silver spoon from a teacher. The teacher was understandably upset, but overnight decided to forgive the student, whoever that student was. Today during class the teacher told the class her decision, and that it was in part influenced by the scene in "Les Miserables" where the Bishop forgives Valjean for stealing his candlesticks, and told the student, whomever he/she was, to go home and watch that scene to understand what she meant. Person number one thinks that this is A-OK. Person number two thinks that this was a very bad decision on the teacher's part. Thoughts?