Ask a Cop: Can a 12-year-old stay home

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: We live in an apartment complex here in Michigan City and one of the tenants has a daughter that is 12 years old and she is not attending any school. She tells my children it’s because she just doesn’t want to! Now of course my kids want to stay home! Can her parents just allow this?

A: I am sure there is more to this story. Actually, it really depends on if she has been withdrawn legally under home schooling or another provision. You could start by just asking her parents or contact Child Protective Services with your concern and they will investigate.

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