I'm 17 and live in North Carolina. Due to certain events I had to move in with my dad approx. 8 years ago. Over the years things have been okay, but some things I have gotten tired of. My dad never lets me go out and hang out with friends, do sports at school, or even work. He has let up recently,but just as quick he has tightened up. I got a few bad grades in one of my classes and he went off the deep end. Not only because of that, but because was irritated by events between him and my mom along time ago. It's an extremely long story, but I'm sick of the, for lack of a better word, bull-shit. He has taken all of my valued possessions and won't let me have them back until I move out and are supporting myself. He won't let me participate in extra curricular activities at school. Also, he is now forcing me to do bad in my other classes by not allowing me to participate in MANDATORY events for a grade using the excuse that "You didn't care about doing bad in History, I mean all it is is reading and comprehension." Like he freak'n knows. He didn't even finish high school ( he's 53 BTW). He continues to treat me like dirt. There have been a number of other things that have happened, but I don't feel like typing it all out. He won't let me complete my Driver's Education. After talking at school to my friends, they have suggested running away, so that's why I'm here. I don't want to just opt and leave, I want to take a civilized and organized approach to the situation. I plan to move in with either a friend or move into a low income apartment near my school. I also plan to have a job close-by. I want to know what I can and can't do, not the usual bs telling me not to run away or giving me a lot of phone numbers to call. I want answers. Please help me.
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My Runaway Rights in North Carolina