• Judge Tom

    Judge Tom

    Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

    Articles by Judge Tom

    A sarcastic two-word tweet backfires on student

    Reid Sagehorn Tweet

    Reid Sagehorn was an honor roll student and a football and basketball co-captain at Rogers High School in Minnesota. The 17-year-old senior became aware of a rumor about him kissing one of the gym teachers at school. The post asked if Reid had “made out” …

    Teen – parent agreement about the Internet

    Computer Drawing

    Because of the continuing abuse of technology by way of cyberbullying, we offer below an Agreement for parents, children and teenagers to review. It is from a research website that promotes cybersafety.  www.cyberbullying.us offers current statistics about bullying, both traditional and cyber, sexting and other behaviors.  …

  • Teen prank turns deadly

    Adrian Broadway

    Pranks and initiations are part of every high school student’s experience. Most are safe and innocent events meant for fun and testing one’s ability to get along with others. For example, senior pranks are expected in many high schools and rarely cross the line of civility or …

    Bullying of 11-year-old leads to suicide attempt

    Michael Morones Age 11

    Michael Morones was called gay and teased and bullied mercilessly at school. Why? All because he liked a cartoon show thought to be for girls only. Little did the bullies know that boys and men (called Bronies) were also fans of “My Little Pony.” The message …

    Are parents legally required to support a teenager who moves out at 18?

    Rachel Canning (Facebook)

    This is an issue before a New Jersey court. In October, 2013, 18-year-old Rachel Canning moved from her home to a friend’s home. Rachel is a senior in high school and is a cheerleader, on the honor roll and plays lacrosse. However, not all is as …

    Coaches out teen to her mom

    Skye Wyatt Kilgore HS Texas

    Skye Wyatt was 16 years old and on the softball team at Kilgore High School in Texas. For some reason her coaches decided to have a talk with her about her relationship with another girl. Then they called Skye’s mother to the school to meet. They …

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