Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.'s answer From my experience with DCS, they are fairly active in cases like this. Your other alternative is to file a lawsuit against everybody involved: the school principal, the gym teacher, the school and anyone else involved. When you are dealing with a school system, there may be initial administrative hurdles to overcome first. It will be too complicated to do yourself. You should find an attorney that will consult with you on price and approach.
Marjorie A Bristol's answer You cannot legally move out without your parents' consent until you turn 18. However, as a practical matter, it may be difficult for law enforcement to find you to take you home before your 18th birthday.
Marjorie A Bristol's answer It is legal if he did not harm you, but merely put his hands on you as long as those hands were not in an area that would be considered a sexual touching. That being said, it may not have been appropriate conduct for a professor. You should report the incident to the college authorities. Based on the facts you described, I am not sure what race, ethnicity or gender has to do with the situation, but if you felt uncomfortable, report it to someone you trust on campus.
Marjorie A Bristol's answer How old are you now? Were you committed to DCS as a delinquent or dependent/neglected? The school will report you if they figure out that you are a runaway. If you say that you are homeless and are under 18, they will contact DCS. I recommend that you contact an attorney.
Marjorie A Bristol's answer She can't leave without her parents' permission unless she is emancipated. In order to be emancipated, she will need to petition the court and demonstrate that she is capable of supporting herself independently and making adult decisions. She should consult an attorney if that is something that she is interested in pursuing.
Marjorie A Bristol's answer You will go to court. The judge will ask the school system how many days the child has been absent. The judge will ask you why the child was absent and if you have any doctors' notes to excuse the absences. The judge may ask DCS to open a case if they are worried about your ability to care for the child or get the child to go to school. As far as the end result, so much depends on the judge. I highly recommend that you consult an attorney and hire one if at all possible. You are...
Marjorie A Bristol's answer You should be able to challenge the school discipline. Does your son have an IEP? Other due process protections attach if he does. You should consult an education law attorney to discuss challenging the school discipline.
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer Regrettably, it sounds like "juvy" is your only option. You should consider filing a petition in juvenile court to have the boy declared "unruly." This is what normally happens when a child won't submit to parental authority. Perhaps getting him to juvenile court will help him submit or the court knows of some other program, but keep in mind that the last resort is always juvenile detention. Consult an experienced family law attorney in your area as soon as possible.
William Head's answer This case likely will not be pursued by a Tennessee civil lawyer, but this link takes you to a listing of TN cities, that you can use to fine a list of lawyers near you. Call a few of them, and talk via phone, to see if the case has any value.
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