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    On October 25 2018 the time was about 4:14
    me and my mom were just arguing about regular stuff and ya know i have a really bad temper. So right when i got out of the car i pushed the door against my sisters car hard leaving a big mark i dont know why i did that i was just angry and i started to walk away them i saw my mom running at me and i ran and i couldnt stop running. i didnt know where i was going and i ended up going to a friend (this was like an hour later) so i asked my friend if i can stay the night at there house but if they sneak me in. so later that night they snuck me in and i they gave me a blanket and a pillow i slept on the floor. i woke up that morning scared and sad because i didnt know what i did and didnt know why i did it. i signed into my snapchat on a friends phones and saw a lot of texts from my brother wanting me to come home. i sat there and just thought about how scared my family could be i got texts from a older cousin telling me to go home. so i sat for a few hours and just thought if i should go home and i did. it was about an hour walk to get to home. so i got home my sister was on the couch and i asked to use her phone to call my mom and tell her i was home. a few minutes late my mom arrived and my mom was crying telling where did i go. i showed no feeling even though i was hurt and my dad was working out of the states so when he heard the news he didnt know what to do he couldnt sleep that night and he had to come home early. but back to friday. my mom told me that the police were on there way to see if i was home and they came and it was a surprise to me when the police asked to talk to me away from my mom and they put me in cuffs and they took me down to his office when they did all the paper work it took about a few hours. then he took me down to a detention center when they put me in a room with a blanket. i fell asleep and then someone woke me up and told me my mom was here for me and i was so thankful that my mom picked me up because i could not be in there. thats pretty much the story and now i have to wait for my court date and i hope since its my first and last time i do something like that. that the judge doesnt have me do time because i am not built for this kind of stuff. and im really sorry to my parents.

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation. That’s great that you have support from your girlfriend’s family. We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring.

    Also another way you can seek help is reaching out to a friend, teacher, or counselor at school that can help you look for resources. Your mental health is important. You can also look at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at samhsa.gov (call them directly at 1-877-726-4727) or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-NAMI to help you find the support that you need. If you do ever feel in direct danger, to yourself, or some else makes you feel that way, please call out to 911 or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

    If you are still wanting to go to school and get enrolled you may qualify for a program under the Mckinney Vento Act that gives the right to all youth to education. There is a helpline that you can reach out to called the National Center for Homeless Educational Helpline. We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

    We hope this response was helpful! We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey.

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    hey..im 15.... um so ive been thinking about running away for a while... ive talked to my girlfriend and she said that i could come stay at her house and her mom would accept me and stuff... but if i leave will i be reported as a run away? i wanna run away because i cant stand living at my house.. my step dad is a **** and my mom dont do nothing...i have to do all the chores by myself because my brother dont do nothing... if i run away can i still goto school? ive cut myself in the past due to situations like this because its to much for me to handle and i have depression... i need help..
    Last edited by ccsmod3; 10-28-2018, 09:57 PM.

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  • ccsmod6
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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. Your boyfriend is lucky to have someone like you looking out for him and obviously so concerned for his wellbeing. It sounds like he is in a really tough situation where he has to do more than his fair share of taking care of the house and his sister. Maybe you could have him and his sister over for dinner at your house in order to help them out food wise. It’s hard for us to speak on his circumstances without knowing some more information. If you or he would like to talk more about what’s going on, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

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    My boyfriend(Ill call him Scott for this) is 16, lives with his father and little sister(7 years old). His dad is night shifts and leaves them home alone at night from 3:00p.m-4:00a.m. Scott has been talking about running away for the last few days because his dad never leaves much food for them...and always puts the weight on him and constantly puts him down...Scott has tried for years to get along with his dad but every time he tries it just gets worse...please tell me what I can do to help...or what he should do....

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