post #61 of 94
11/25/06 at 7:27pm
If your mother resists all of this she could cause a lot of trouble. She can report you missing to the police, though one of my first steps in such case would be to call the Eureka police and tell them where you are or tell your Dad to do it for me. Should you wish to go to school in Athens, you probably would need your mother's permission or the schools wouldn't permit you to attend and would call the Athens Police and tell them you are in the posession of a suspected Funny Fellow claiming to be your grandfather.
Children have limited rights, but one of them is the right to a proper education. You have that right and your mother would have a hard time proving you are adequately schooled because she has thumbed her nose at the approved state curicular and has done her own thing, thus forfitting 8,000 to 10,000 in state funds for schooling each of her children. That's 16,000 to 20,000 a year so your mother could do her own thing in regards to your education. The state requires that their curiculum be used for a very good reason. People's financial situations change and it is not always possible for one parent to stay home to home school. Often both parents must work to support the family and no matter what the "rathers" are the children must then attend public school. This has happened in part. Your grandmothers investments have not prospered because of the economy and her income has consequently been seriously reduced.
It makes sense to keep the home schooled children in step with what is taught in the public schools, particularly since the public schools teach the changing skills needed to prepare students for the changing job market. Then home schooled children can make a smooth change over to public school or college.
If you look in the government listing of the telephone book probably under California State Government you should see a listing of Human Resources Department and under that you should see something like Family and Children Services.
You can go and talk to these people and they will see to it that you get a proper education in a proper school, but they will probably take you away from your mother and put you in a foster home which would devastate your mother and might be highly unpleasant -- from the frying pan into the fire. In a sitution like this, the State of California spends upward of $60,000 a year on each child, providing them with tutors where needed etc. That's a lot of money and a lot of assistance. There was a ditty on 20/20 on TV about it.
It is your right to get an education and no one, not even your parents, can take that right away from you.
You are not trapped.
I don't recommend this particular approach because it takes you away from both your parents and may lead to a worse life for you but it empowers you. It is an option that does not endanger your life.
Running away and depending on the kindness of funny fellows does. We must work something out.
Probably you need to present this trip to your mother as a sort of pre spring break. After you are here I have work here for you. I need help in clearing this house out because in a few years I will be moving to an old folks home. It will take quite a while and I will pay you quite a bit to help me. You will be able to send money home to help out both of your parents. When you go back home, no more helpful Chris-earned money. How sad! Jeanita will pout! Tacey will have to go without treaties. Oh kitty-woe!
I'll be talking to you tomorrow but will say little to you in case someone is listening. Christmas day is not a good day for bomb shells but it might be good for us to get some pratice at battening down hatches (old ship with sails saying).