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Can a 16 year old enroll himself in a high school?

Asked by mistakendreams (51points) September 10th, 2018

I’m a 16-year-old and was wondering this because I’ve been being abused for about 5 years and have just within the last few months realized that I’m being abused. I’m gonna run away there’s no way to stop me and I actually have abutted 4–5 questions

can a 16-year-old enroll himself in high school

how long till nobody recognizes me from an amber alert

should I go to my trusted friend/adult (who i feel won’t snitch me out) after I get out

will I get hired anywhere

can I go back to my school after a week
I’m suspended and have 4 more day’s to go but then i was thinking maybe I should wait a week before going back to school

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Yes if you are emancipated. Ask a lawyer.

JLeslie's avatar

You would need to be emancipated I think. Or, another adult would need guardianship of you, and then they could do everything your parent does.

If you can go to a relative or another adult then that sounds like a good idea to me.

Many states 16 year olds can legally quit school unless that has changed recently. This means you could quit and get a job and then maybe get your GED. I’d rather see you finish high school if you can, but I just wanted to give you options.

Most states teenagers can work at age 16. Some states it’s as early as 14. What I don’t know is if you need a parent’s signature (or guardian) on the work permit, I think you do. Unless, you are emancipated.

I don’t know if you want to share, is it physical abuse? Verbal? I only ask because if you just don’t like how strict they are or something like that, you might want to hang on if they are going to be willing to pay for college. I’m not assuming anything about how severe the abuse is, just again I’m throwing the uses out there. If they are physically or sexually abusing you, obviously get the hell out.

Are you a junior or a senior?

mistakendreams's avatar

I'm being emotionally, mentally, and verbally abused, and my brother is being physically abused. (I'm pretty sure at least two of those are the same thing. I've been researching this lately.)

snowberry's avatar

If there are physical scars, it would be easier to prove it. Without them, it’s anybody’s guess as to how it will turn out @mistakendreams

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Go to the authorities with your claims. The police.

kritiper's avatar

Check with your local county health dept.

Patty_Melt's avatar

First, let me say I am pleased you want to attend school in spite of your home situation. Please don’t consider scrapping school for employment. I know it may be a tempting prospect, but really isn’t the best answer.

There are teen services in most cities. They go by different names in each location, so I can’t help you with that.
Emancipation is a process, and tough to achieve. There should be legal counsel in your area though, and one of the teen outreach services could point you in the right direction for that.

My daughter enrolled herself at fifteen and sixteen online, but I had already enrolled her when she was fourteen, so I don’t know if that would fly at a new school. You might check though.

As far as jobs go, at sixteen fast food is pretty much the go to.
Other thoughts though, party supply stores like extra help around the holidays.
Animal shelters, car wash, hardware.
I have picked up extra money lumping trucks, but some docks are union, so you have to make sure you go where you won’t get into trouble.
Lumping is when drivers are supposed to unload their own truck, and sometimes they will pay someone to do it for them.
I’m a woman, and back then I was small. I think most of the time they hired me to see if I could handle it.
Some places hire teens to stand out by a street waving signs.
(Fast food is starting to sound better, huh?)

Stay in touch here, and let us know how things are going for you.

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