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April1974
April1974 asks:
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My 15 year old son doesnt want to go to school HELP!!!

In Topics: School and Academics, Teen issues, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Feb 17, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

There is a difference of not “wanting” to go to school and “refusing” to go to school.  Since you did not say your son was refusing, we will assume that he is still attending school but would rather not be there.  

What are the reasons your son is giving for not wanting to go to school?  Is he being bullied or is he afraid for some reason?  How is he doing academically?  Has he had a sudden change in friends or social activities?  Is there any indication he could be using drugs or alcohol?

It may be a good idea to alert your son’s school counselor or school social worker.  They can talk with your son and then possibly have you join in at a later date.  They can also refer you to a Child and Family Therapist.  If you find the school is not helpful or cooperative, please contact your local United Way for referrals.  They can usually be reached by dialing 211 on your phone, or by consulting your local phone book.

If you need further assistance, our crisis counselors are available 24 hours, 7 days a week to help parents and kids of all ages.  Thanks again for reaching out and best wishes to you and your son.


Boys Town National Hotline
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J.D.
J.D. writes:
Thats why we have McDonalds and Burgerking. If he does'nt want to get an education thats where he can get a job.
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Edwards5
Edwards5 , Caregiver, Parent writes:
Have you sat down and talked to him about his live choices? If not do so most teens don't want to do anything there moms and dads want them to do or are alright with them doing. If this is what he wants it might be something behind it, like he is not getting along with other kids at school or something like that. they have online hight school now. Does he have a plan at all for what he wants in life. Do you now the kid in your house it might be time to reintroduce yourselves to each other. He might not be a flunky but a good kid needing a new direction. So stay calm and keep a open mine. Good LUCK
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