Metairie, LA asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Education Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana

Q: I'm 16 y.o and I was wondering is it legal for my parents decide for me if I can go to public school or not?

They keep pushing the idea of me getting a G.E.D, which isn't fair to me at all because this is my life not their's. Their poor excuse is that I was messing up at my previous school, but I started to get it together right before I moved to where I am now which was the middle of the year. I know this might sound cliche but I'm trying to get a scholarship for basketball and possibly make it to the NBA. Of course they don't care but I do. I don't mean to bash them because I'm not that kind of person but this is the most selfish thing that someone has ever done to me. I appreciate you taking out your time for reading this because I know you don't have to.

2 Lawyer Answers

Douglas Lee Bryan

  • Marksville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: I admire you for your drive and ambition. I would tell them flat-out that you want to stay and school and finish. Make a deal with them that you can stay in school as long as you continue to make good grades and stay out of trouble. Good luck!

Ellen Cronin Badeaux

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Set an alarm clock every morning and go to school.

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