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    I slept on the streets last night and then went to school like nothing happened. My stepmom and dad said I should speak to my principal to get me out of my suspension. My dad threatened to throw me out, so I left. None of my friends know what is going on but I feel comfortable enough to ask one of my friends if I can stay with her instead of going to a runaway shelter. What should I do? I didn't take my phone with me either so my dad wouldn't be able to track me.

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    RE: 15, already ran away but need a place to stay

    Thank you for reaching out to us. Sorry to hear about what happened at school and between you and your dad. It is great that you have friends that you are comfortable asking for help. The choice of where to go is up to you. If you need help looking for a runaway shelter we can aid you in finding something in the area. If you would feel more comfortable at a friend’s, that choice is yours. The main focus is keeping you safe. One thing to think about is whether or not your father would file a runaway report, in which case your friend’s family may get in trouble for harboring a runaway. Another option would be to go to a friends and let your dad know that you are safe. It seems like you both may benefit from some time to cool off. Feel free to contact us directly at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We can aid you in making the best choices to stay safe. We hope to hear from you soon. Good luck.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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