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School aged child and laws

I know of a school aged child 16 yrs old who has not been in school this entire school year. The social workers were looking for child and his parent. Couldn't reach now it is in the district attorney's hands....what will happen next? Does that parent have much to fear?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:20 PM on Feb. 18, 2010 in Teens (13-17)

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  • Depends on the state. But yes, the parent AND child go be in trouble - truancy can be a big deal depending on the state laws.
    Why would the child not be in school?? Either public, private, or home...there are options for everyone. And if tradition public school isn't working - then go talk to the guidance couselors and work something out.

    Are there reasons that the child is being hidden from authorities?

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • at 16 a child can legally be signed out of school by the parents. I don't understand why the parent just doesn't sign the kid out of school if they aren't going it could prevent a legal problem.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:56 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • The parents face JAIL time and fines.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 8:00 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • In my state you are only REQUIRED to attend school between the ages of 7 and 14.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:02 PM on Feb. 19, 2010

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