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    Judge Tom
    14-year-old arrested for airline tweet
    Sarah thought she was just joking when she decided to send American Airlines a tweet. Her message led to her arrest in April, 2014. Decide for yourself. Sarah tweeted: "@AmericanAir hello my name'...[Read More]
    4/22/2014 10:17 am Reply
    Anonymous
    If I am 15 soon to be 16 in 4 months and I'm 9 weeks pregnant, do I have to wait til I'm 16 to move out or can I go ahead and move out with out parents permission ?
    4/21/2014 8:29 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    That depends on the laws in your state. Every state has "emancipation" laws and rules regarding parental responsibilities. Just because you're pregnant doesn't change the relationship between you and your parents. They remain legally responsible for you and you're required to listen to them. Instead of moving out without their permission, try sitting down and having a calm discussion about the situation and try to work out your differences. Stay healthy and take care of your baby. Good luck.
    4/21/2014 11:03 am
    Anonymous
    Hi im 15 years old. and i have a question.i think i have a record now, when im 18 if i go to court can it permanently be erased ? I really want it off , i did a couple of wrong mistakes . And i want a good job & go to college once i graduate high school . I just really really want this off my record .
    4/18/2014 6:35 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Contact either the court you were in or your lawyer if you had one and ask about your record. Every state has laws about juvenile records and how to have them destroyed (expunged.) Good luck.
    4/20/2014 11:20 am
  • Judge Tom
    “I (heart) boobies” is protected speech under the First Amendment
    On August 5, 2013, a federal court in Pennsylvania decided a case* regarding a school's ban on wearing "I (heart) boobies" bracelets to school. Two students, Kayla Martinez and Brianna Hank went to mi...[Read More]
    8/12/2013 6:32 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    I read this article and wanted to know how to handle things better if someone is being bullied http://wreg.com/2014/04/16/teen-records-bullies-but-he-is-the-one-in-trouble/
    4/18/2014 10:28 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    There are different approaches to a bullying situation. If the victim is under eighteen, we suggest first that his or her parents be told so they can take action. If the bullying continues it may become necessary to notify the police if a crime has been committed. That depends on the specific laws in the state where this happened. Reporting the bullying to school authorities is also suggested so they can follow their anti-bullying policies. The bottom line is to notify someone about the bullying. The victim should not be left to think they're alone or isolated. Help is available but can't be given if no one knows about it. Bystanders must stand-up for their classmates or others.
    4/18/2014 1:00 pm
    Anonymous
    Im 16 and my friend is 17 we got caught shoplifting in nj had $55 and she had $71 worth of stuff . They called our parents and police but the police didn't arrest us. The store said they would send us a later of a court date what's going to happen?
    4/18/2014 9:13 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: If this is your first offense, then you may be offered a diversion program. This means that once you complete some community service, pay a fine and attend a class or counseling, the charges would be dropped and you would not have a record of any conviction. You will find out more when you go to court including what your options are. We hope you learned from this as the consequences will increase for additional offenses. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    4/18/2014 9:40 am
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