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Does a child have to be enrolled in a school to be considered a truant for not going to school?

My brother is 16 and doesn't plan on going to school but he's not enrolled to a school.

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Asked by zackaroosmom at 7:29 PM on Aug. 14, 2010 in Teens (13-17)

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  • Is he being homeschooled? Or did he offically drop out? I would think that he would have to be one of those not to get into trouble.. But I don't know.

    Answer by Cindy18 at 7:30 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • the way my school worked was that if you went the year before, you were already enrolled for the next year.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 7:32 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Even if you are not enrolled in a school, and he did not supply the school in which he is assigned to go with the appropriate papers saying that he can legally drop out, he can be charged with truancy. At least in PA he can.

    Answer by layh41407 at 7:33 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Depending on the drop out age in your state both he and his parents can get in trouble for him not going to school. In Michigan you can drop out at 16 so he'd be far as the law is concerned.

    High school droup outs have a lot of barriers to success as adults.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 7:33 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • I believe layh41407 is correct, you have to have notified your school district with your intentions. In Ohio, not only is he truant but his parents would also be held accountable.

    Answer by WoodWitch at 7:35 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Every state has it's own truancy laws! It really would depend on the STATE LAWS!

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 7:42 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • last year did the paper work to leave the high school to be home schooled. this yr he doesn't plan on doing anything. also what is it callled when a parent is buying cigarettes for their child? enabling?

    Comment by zackaroosmom (original poster) at 7:43 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • If he is not known to the state for being enrolled in an alternative, public, private, or home school then he is breaking the law by not attending school.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 7:56 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Sounds like a winner. He doesn't seem to care about his future, so why does truancy matter?

    Answer by coder_chick at 8:34 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Unless he is officially dropped from school or registered as being homeschooled, he will be considered truant if he doesn't go to school. As for a parent buying cigarettes for a minor, it's called CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELIQUENCY OF A MINOR.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:46 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

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