Teenage Son (16) Refuses to Go to School in Colorado

PAJackson - posted on 08/09/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am in Colorado. My sixteen year old has been in online school for years because he was creating chaos at the schools. He is getting increasingly unmanageable and withdrawn. Will go days without speaking to me, is hostile and emotionally abusive and intimidating. My home has become a sad place for me. I enrolled him in our physical school for the last year of high school. He has good grades and no damaging record. He told me he will go to jail rather than go to the physical school. He has sabotaged, lied, manipulated in past psychological treatment attempts. He has refused to take medication that was prescribed. I am at the end of my rope but don't want any legal consequences for myself. I have done everything I can possibly do. He is 6'3" He has not done or said a loving thing to me in many years.

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PAJackson - posted on 08/11/2015

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I have actually experienced a breakthrough with my son. He was willing to go today to the high school's check in process. He also was able to tell me he was afraid that his grades in online school (high) would not be adequate in the physical school. I made him a promise that if the physical school, after assessing him, dropped him back academically I would not force him to go. He came back today upbeat and with a new attitude. He got his school ID and liked the way his photo looked. We are going to take it one day at a time. Tomorrow he is going to go to the new student orientation. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this change.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/11/2015

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Well, either he can emancipate himself and learn to fend for himself in the world, or you can request that he be committed for evaluation and treatment, but in Colorado, I believe that the age of emancipation is 16...You'd have to check with the law on that.

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