April 17, 2014 |
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First of all being emancipated does not relieve you of school requirements in the state of Kansas. http://www.kansaslegalservices.org/files/Emancipation%20of%20Minors.pdf Do your homework. The last thing we need is more children estranged from parents that want them to succeed in life. Getting a job when a child is already failing will not make them succeed will it?? Nope. Last I checked legal age was 18 and is 18 to enter adulthood... wake up America! Maybe this can be found and mom can help get this KID back on the right track....KID. Not old enough to vote, not old enough to drive a car, not old enough to join the military, not old enough!
Someone find this Stevie a job, and let him get on with his life.
Why does no one honor the fact that this boy is of legal age and no longer has to do his mother's bidding? He is 16. He is free.
Stevie is a really good kid. His heart is good. He is brave. He easily faces fear. When I knew him, he was responsible.
You simply have to trust him.
Grandma, these kids are total bombarded by inane, senseless rules, particularly that of the public school system. Do you even realize how many rules these kids are supposed to know and follow, with no rationale whatsoever to those rules? The number are stunning, And some of those rules are totally unnecessary. And the expectations placed on school-attending children in general are unreasonable. I don't respect hard-line people.
Someone needs to legally represent this child. He could emancipate. Some one would take him into their home. He is presently and for some time now caught in a web of power-plays NOT of his own making.
If you treat all children as if they are delinquents, they will be delinquents. It is called the self-fulfilling prophecy. All teachers know it, but few let this concept influence their daily functioning.
Sometimes teenagers run because they do not wish to attend school....and think education is not important. Especially when there is conflicting messages concerning the importance of education.
If it was an unqualified case worker, they must have made the correct guess of a lifetime. Turns out father goes to jail for drug abuse and battery charges. loses parental custody. Then once parent gets out of PRISON, same cycle repeats. Are we blind or just dumb?
On top of this unfortunate situation, the family had a house fire about a week ago in North Lawrrence, thankfully the house only suffered minor damage.
I hope Stevie is found. Stevie, if you're reading this come home because your mom is so worried about you! Big Hugs to the family. We are keeping an eye out!
without going into detail, I need to say:
don't be so quick to make negative inferences about the family or the situation.
Also I agree with mom2many I think there is way more to this story....especially if he ran away before.
no, likely not about a GF.
this young guy has faced a harder life, and clues are in the article as to likely causes.
Why does this young man keep running from his home?? What is he running from? If this happened Jan 31 why did it take so long to be reported? If my child was missing for a week I would be on every radio and TV and in every newspaper asking for help. Why did it take a week?
I don't agree, PwopellewCap. I think it's beyond girlfriend/boyfriend relationships.
A dollar and a donut says a girlyfriend is involved....
Stevie is, or recently was, a North Lawrence young guy.
I sincerely hope Stevie will come home soon, I know it is too easy for runaways to trust the wrong, dangerous, people.
*come home Stevie. I'm sure your loving family's main worry is first for your safety.
Ok nvm. The article already said that. I should of read the whole thing first. Sorry
This happen just over a year ago. I might be wrong on the time frame. But he ran away.
I believe he was harbored by his father / paternal family last time.
What about the father in all of this? It is unfortunate that this boy is missing, and I do hope he is located safe and sound. Would Stevie Drakes father be able to provide any information or help? If he was missing a few years ago, would he return to the same area?
Hope he is ok. Hope (if possible) he can return home if this is a run away situation.
Unfortunately there is probably way more to this story then any one knows. Hope he is safe!
I hope they find the boy safe. I used to be this kid years ago, thought I knew it all and had it figured out. I couldn't have been more wrong. My mother walked out on me when I was just a year old and I wish every day that I could have had a real mom. Stevie if you read this, do the right thing, come home to your mother. Shes worried sick about you and your breaking her heart. Thats no way to treat your mother, no matter how much you disagree with her
I really hope he is found safe. I've posted this article to my FB page and I'm sharing the group page. I urge others to do the same and tweet and retweet the LJW article. Social media can be a powerful thing.
Stevie, I know life can be tough during the teen years and the the inevitable problems at home can bring a guy down, but the best thing you can do is find someone to talk to about this and get some guidance to get you through it until you're old enough to move out in your own. When you get through this rut you may even be able to help kids in the future who are in a similar situation. Tough times can either beat a person down or make him stronger. Running away and skipping school will only add to your misery in the long run. Come back home and find the determination to live a happy and successful life no matter what comes your way.
Yes, I hope he is found safe. And I hope he gets the help that he needs.
Is there a picture available?
I hope Stevie is found safe!.
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