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    Elise Rogers
    Elise Rogers
    Hi, my Name is Elise. I am 16, married, have a 6 month old son, and a job to uphold. Being married at the age of 16 is automatic and constitutional emancipation so it says in one of your videos posted on You Tube. Now I have an additional question to ask you, since I am emancipated, is it required that I have to attend school or can there be specific arrangements to an alternative learning standard that I can request upon the Board of Education? Is it possible for me to request it?
    9/17/2014 11:42 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Elise: Every state has its own laws regarding attendance at school when you're under 18. You may be legally emancipated because you're married but take a look at your state's laws on this. If you google the name of your state and "compulsory school attendance" you'll find the law about going to school and whether you're exempt from the law because you're an emancipated minor. Good luck. (This is information only - not legal advice).
    9/17/2014 11:46 am
    Anonymous
    What is another name for "Juvenile Boot Camp"?
    9/16/2014 10:37 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    States refer to juvenile lock-ups in many ways including juvie, department of juvenile corrections, residential treatment centers, detention centers, etc.
    9/17/2014 8:56 am
    Victoria
    Victoria
    Thank you very much Judge Tom. Another question I would like answered is: if a property is fenced, it is a good indication of what? Please and thank you.
    9/16/2014 8:33 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Fenced property generally means "Stay Out." With or without a no trespassing sign, gated and fenced areas are off limits to the public.
    9/17/2014 8:54 am
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    9/17/2014 8:51 am Reply
    Victoria
    Victoria
    Depending on the incident, "fighting" can be referred to by what three other names?
    9/16/2014 4:17 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Victoria: If you're referring to a legal definition or term, it may be called "assault" under your state's laws. Otherwise, if you're referring to an incident that happened at school, for instance, it could be called "arguing" or another term related to fighting. You have to look at the context of what you're referring to and then apply the appropriate definition.
    9/16/2014 7:50 pm
    lisa l
    lisa l
    Hi my daughter is in 3rd grade and her hair was pulled from scalp 2 braids now shes bald in front of hee head this happen in gym class at her school this is the 3rd incident thay happen at this school regarding her hair can i sue the school?
    9/15/2014 9:07 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Yes, you can always file a lawsuit, but whether or not you would prevail is another story. First, you could ask for a meeting with the principal and other school administrators to make sure that there is documentation as to what is happening to your daughter and find out what their response is. If you've already tried this and are not getting anywhere, then you could look into consulting with a local attorney who handles school and education law matters. Many attorneys offer a free initial consultation. You could also try your local legal aid office as they may be able to provide assistance for free or on a sliding scale basis. 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.)
    9/16/2014 8:24 am
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