A runaway or missing person is a person whose whereabouts are unknown to his or her parent or guardian, or is absent without permission. Instead of running away a child should discuss his or her feelings and situation with a reliable person; e.g. parent, guardian, teacher, school counselor, social worker, religious leader. A child can call the 24 hour hotlines for the following agencies:
Crisis Intervention Center
National Runaway Switchboard
When a parent or guardian believes a child has run away or is missing, the Metropolitan Police Department should be notified at 862-8600. A runaway petition can be filed at Juvenile Court.
State Compulsory Attendance Law Persons, ages 7-17 (inclusive), are required to attend school in TN. Therefore, a person must attend school until age 18. A student who regularly fails to attend school and is not legally excused (from School Board of Education) from compulsory school attendance can be charged with truancy. A violation of this law provides for the “denial” of a student’s motor vehicle driver’s license or permit.
Loitering During School hours (LDSH) Person, ages 7-17 (inclusive), and subject to the state compulsory attendance law, can be charged with LDSH in public areas or other “unsupervised” places in Davidson County. For example, a student who is “skipping” school can be charged with LDSH.
Parent/Guardian Responsibility The parent or guardian who knowingly permits his or her child to not attend school can be charged and penalized.
The Tennessee Drug-Free Youth Act provides for the denial of driver’s licenses for alcohol and other drug convictions of persons ages 13-17. For the first offense, the driver’s license can be revoked by the Department of Safety for one (1) year or until the person becomes 17, whichever is longer. For second and subsequent offenses, the license can be denied for two (2) years or until the person becomes 18, whichever is longer.
For persons ages 12 or under, the Tennessee Drug-Free Youth Act does not provide a penalty for alcohol-drug related offenses. Therefore, the Juvenile Court will designate the penalty according to the offense.
If your ability to operate a motor vehicle was suspended due to a drug or weapon charge heard by Juvenile Court, you must return to Juvenile Court in order to have any driving restrictions lifted. You may apply for reinstatement by filing of a motion easily obtained from the Juvenile Court Clerk’s office. To qualify for a reinstatement, you must have attended any ordered class and your suspension must have expired. Alternatively, you may apply for an early reinstatement or restricted license under certain circumstances. Again, such a request for an early reinstatement is accomplished by filing a motion with the Juvenile Court clerk’s office. The Juvenile Court clerk’s office will inform you of your court date.