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    Maira Jimenez
    Maira Jimenez
    Hi Judge. My daughter is in the 6th grade and goes to a charter school. Last Friday while she was in lunch, she was taken to one of the classrooms by a teacher, the teacher told her to hand over her phone and showed her "the video". The teacher took my daughters phone and took screenshots of some of her pictures and sent the pictures to other teachers. My question is, do the teachers have the right to look at my daughter's camera roll and exchange pictures without my consent?
    5/3/2015 9:08 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Maira: The laws on this vary from state-to-state as well as school districts. Take a look at the school's Code of Conduct or Student Handbook for the rules regarding digital devices at school. You can also contact the principal to discuss this so you and your daughter are clear on the reasons the teacher took such action. Good luck.
    5/6/2015 9:57 am
    Anonymous
    In New York State? Is there a curfew for a 16 year old?
    4/30/2015 1:16 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Curfew laws are often locally enacted so you would need to research your city or town's laws on this issue. See here for an example of a few cities in NY that have addressed curfew laws. Thanks for writing us.
    5/4/2015 3:17 pm
    Tony
    Tony
    Hi judge,I have a daughter get bullied at school from the beginning of the year.She did not report to school,she had enough of him one day she snapped.She and the other two friends went to the bully's house and trash it.His mom report the incident to the police,she claim the damage cost $600 that was her estimate.I just wondering can I sue the bully boy for causing my daughter emotional distraught.And do my daughter get charge for vandalize his house.
    4/24/2015 5:52 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Tony: You can always file a claim against the boy and his parents, but whether or not you would prevail is another issue. We suggest you talk to the boy's parents. Let them know what has been going on. They may have no idea that there son has been a bully and can help take action to prevent any bullying in the future. We also suggest you request a meeting with the principal or vice principal to discuss the matter. All schools have anti-bullying policies in place and can take action when incidents of bullying occur. As for the vandalism, if she reports it to the police, yes, your daughter could face charges and have to go to court. Perhaps you could try to settle matter by speaking more with the mom, ask for some documentation of the damage caused (like an estimate written up by the company who can do the repairs) and even work out a payment plan if possible. Good luck to you and your daughter. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    4/25/2015 9:28 am
  • Anonymous
    I have a daughter who is going to juvenile court tomorrow because she stole a girl's phone during school. The phone cost about 550-600$ and she just turned 14. The officer who talked to me said she will be charged with a class a misdemeanor (possession of stolen items in the 5th degree). What punishment will be given to her?
    4/21/2015 1:51 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    If this is your daughter's first offense, she may be facing probation with community service, payment of a fine/restitution and attending a class or counseling. You will find out more when she goes to court including what her options are. Good luck to your daughter. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    4/22/2015 6:53 am
    Sonia De Souza
    Sonia De Souza
    I have a 15 year old daughter whose 5 months pregnant and wasn't been in school for two years, because of this she has court on April 01 at 9am, she's registered in a school for pregnant young girls and is going to start school mid April. What can happen to my child if she doesn't go to court, she's suffering from severe morning sickness and very sick, what can I do to help her, can I go in her place and talk to the judge for her? Please help.
    3/30/2015 4:51 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Sonia: No, you cannot go in her place to court. You would be doing her a disservice by not allowing her to grow up and take some responsibility. It's good that she's enrolled at a new school and will be able to tell the judge that. The judge may want to keep track of her attendance and make sure that she actually attends the school. When you go to court with her, bring documentation showing that she's enrolled so that you can share it with the judge if possible. Good luck to your daughter. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    3/31/2015 10:03 am
    2 of my neighbors helped me shovel the snow on my property, was outide too shoveling the snow too. theni walked toward my steps i fell my glasses were in my coat pocket they fell out and the 2 people who were shoveling my snow covered my perscription glasses nderground now i cant see what can i do? i went to there house ans they told me its too cold to help me find my glasses.i need some advice please i can see now,those are my only perscription glasses.i need help.
    2/4/2015 3:29 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Since your neighbors won't help you find your glasses, ask someone else such as a family member or friend. Good luck.
    2/5/2015 9:45 am
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