Dawson says he smokes pot, carries a gun and hangs out on the streets – and he says his parents should just let him do the things he enjoys and stop expecting him to be the perfect kid.
“My parents need to get off my back ‘cause I know what I’m doing, and I don’t need help at this point,” the 15-year-old says.

In an effort to make sure Dawson really understands what his future could look like if he continues to idealize a criminal lifestyle, Dr. Phil introduces him to Joseph, a former gang member, who gives the teen a reality check.
 “To hear you say this is cool, it blows me away, youngster. That breaks my heart,” Joseph says to Dawson.
Hear more of his powerful message in the video above. Will Dawson decide it’s time to change? Check here to see where you can watch Tuesday's episode.

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