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    Anonymous
    12/23/2014 3:10 pm Reply
    Anonymous
    My 16 year old daughter ran away with an 18 year old girl. We live in California. What can I do?
    11/29/2014 10:57 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    You can contact the police and if you know her whereabouts, they most likely will pick her up and bring her home. Once she's back home, you also can consider filing incorrigibility charges against her in juvenile court and ask a judge to impose consequences for her behavior. 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.)
    11/30/2014 9:59 pm
    Jessica Tiffin
    I know my 14 year old son is incorrigible, however it is because he has a recorded learning disability. His jr. high school is leaning towards expolsion, I am opposed to it of course. My son has missed eighteen days of school this year from ditching. He claims he is bored. What should I do? I don't want to give up on my son or make him feel unwanted, I can do only so much now because the law is now involved. Help me please.
    11/19/2014 3:17 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Jessica: Your son needs to realize the serious consequences of his boredom. Perhaps the school principal, counselor and/or other administrators could meet with you (and your son) to discuss the situation and figure out what needs to be done. Since your son has a learning disability, then there should be an IEP (individualized education plan) in place. If not, then this should be discussed immediately with the school. Good luck to you and your son.
    11/19/2014 7:47 am
  • Anonymous
    After exhausting all avenue's I know with no end to the bullying my 6th grade daughter suffers daily I guess my question would be what if any legal rights and or avenues are there for me as a parent? what can I do legally to try and get it stopped?
    11/5/2014 11:38 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    We suggest you speak with the school principal first and then, if you're not satisfied with the results, contact the school district superintendent's office. You can also contact the police with the specifics regarding the bullying and they may take action. You can also talk with a local lawyer who practices education or school law for advice as to your options. There are also helpful websites with tips for parents in bullying situations: www.thatsnotcool.com www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org www.wiredsafety.com Good luck - (This is information only - not legal advice).
    11/6/2014 1:36 pm
    Robin
    Robin
    I'm having issues with my son's middle school. The school is failing to keep my son safe from a bully, has had teachers not follow there own school handbook, district policy, a teacher has backed herself into a corner lying about a faulty citation given to my son and the vice principle intimidation tactics on my child and then called him a thief when he didn't steal anything. A substitute teacher violated a doctor's note not letting my child use the restroom and making him sit on the floor in class. This are just a few issues I'm dealing with. Sadly I cannot afford a lawyer to help me amend the wrongs made at the middle school. At this point I have pulled my son from school and have been attempting to get the district superintendent to help resolve the issues. But the district is not answering my questions touring me from one person to another and refusing to meet with me off the grounds of the middle school.
    11/2/2014 12:32 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Robin: In addressing the issues with the school and school district, you may need the help of a lawyer familiar with school/education law. Some lawyers offer their services on a sliding scale based on your financial situation. Others may consider taking your case on a free (pro bono) basis. Ask about these options if you call. Take a look at our Resource Directory for professionals in your area: www.askthejudge.info/directory Good luck.
    11/3/2014 10:24 am
    Shelley
    Shelley
    I have a 22 year old son who lives in a separate house on the same property as I do. Lately he's started making my life miserable. Yesterday he yelled obscenities at me outside with the neighbors listening for over 30 minutes. Last night he cut the spark plug wires on my friends motorcycle because he was still mad. Then at 4:30 this morning I heard him outside shooting his shotgun and yelling the F word. I opened the door and said, "Who are you yelling at?" He said, "You! Eff you!" And more cussing and 2 more gunshots. 4:30 am! Today he says he isn't accountable for what he did to the motorcycle and says,"That's just the beginning." What are my legal options in a case like this? Thanks foodie your help.
    9/28/2014 10:33 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Shelley: Since your son is now an adult, you are no longer legally responsible for him. Therefore, you can kick him out of the house if you are the property owner and believe that this is what he needs to get his act together. Otherwise, you could call the police when he violates the law in any way (damaging your friend's motorcycle, shooting the gun, etc.). Finally, if you have not yet tried, perhaps a calm, straight forward heart to heart with him, may result in some awareness as to how his behavior affects you. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    9/28/2014 8:54 pm
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