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i'm 12 and i want to runaway in winter

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  • #31
    im ****
    i runaway alot im exspelled from school and im supposed to sit at my crazy grandmas all day
    and when i ask her for help she yells at me and has hit me before the only issue is that its cold outside like 30 degrees but i think im gonna idk
    Last edited by ccsmod5; 04-08-2022, 06:08 PM. Reason: Confidentiality


    • ccsmod5
      ccsmod5 commented
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      Thank you so much for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It certainly appears things are a little hard for you right now, especially when you ask your Grandma for help and she isn’t able to give it. Also, no child should be treated the way you are…hitting is never right.

      Hearing that you are only 12 and have run away and miss school school enough to get expelled, there must be things going on at home and maybe even at school to make you leave. Since you have not indicated what the situation is, it would be great to find out a little more about what’s going on so that we can look at our resources and see what may be helpful in making the situation better. We are available to chat on our chat line at (select chat option) or via phone at 1-800-runaway should you want to speak to someone personally. Running away is certainly NOT the only solution, especially because you are likely to be returned to your home because you are so young.

      Please try to find a way to get in touch with us here at NRS. At 12 years old, you have a lot of time left to finish middle school then high school and we would really like to see if there are ways to help you get through the next 6-7 years. Thanks again for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.


      National Runaway Safeline.

  • #32
    Hey, Me and my stepdad get in arguments all the time, and he doesnt respect my pronouns. my original dad left when i was 3. me and my friend are bullied both are 11 have same birthday and want to run away together.what do i do? dad says the cops will pull the dogs out to sniff me out.


    • ccsmod10
      ccsmod10 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It takes a lot of courage to reach out during difficult times. It sounds like your living situation is stressful and unhappy, but know that you deserve to feel happy where you live.

      You mentioned that your stepdad does not respect your pronouns. Know that your feelings about your gender identity are valid. One resource that might be helpful is the Trevor Project, a National Lifeline for LGBTQ youth, and information on how to contact them, chat, call, or text, can be found with the following link They can help support you and find coping mechanisms to handle your situation.

      You also mentioned that you and your friend are bullied. Know that bullying is never okay, and you deserve to feel safe at school. One option that you have is to consult a teacher or school counselor about the bullying if you feel comfortable doing so.

      As for running away, if your parents file a runaway report, the police might try to look for you and potentially send you back home. Because you are 11, it might be very difficult for you and your friend to support each other. Remember, though, that you do have options. If you decide to stay home, it might be helpful to consider healthy coping activities, such as drawing, listening to music, or taking deep breaths when things get stressful. Again, know that you deserve to feel happy and live in peace.

      Additionally, know that we are here to support you and if you ever want to chat or call (1-800-RUNAWAY), we are here to listen. Our services are toll-free and confidential. The lines are open 24/7.

      Stay strong,

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