No worries, I didn't take it that way. I've become overly sensitized by first, blame, then attack the victim comments that propagate newspaper comments every time somebody gets in trouble in the boonies. Either "they got what they deserved" or "I ain't payin' for their rescue, maaaaan."
And with that, I've wandered off topic completely.
I did not intend my post to pass judgement. I actually agree with you completely. The fact the boys knew what they should have done and yet reacted differently underscores your point.