Woe is me
Why does he do these things? Why? I especially bought the iPod so I could load it with videos to entertain him in the bus on the way to school! Actually, that's probably the clue right there. There's often a weird logic to James's actions; he probably associated the iPod with going to school, ergo, if there's no iPod, maybe Mom won't be able to send me to school!
So I lost the cost of the iPod, plus we had to pay for the plumber to come and unclog the toilet (we told him what had happened, but assured him we didn't need him to retrive the iPod!). It was an 16gb one, too. Now I know better; never bother getting a large capacity mp3 player, because it will be lost or destroyed long before I can ever fill it up.