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If you know where a runaway is and you dont tell anyone can you get in trouble also?

my friend ran away today and i knew everything and people kept calling asking me questions and everything and i said i had no idea where she was and all but i really did and they soon after found her. Can i get in trouble for keeping it a secret? And what will happen to her? Please help me out!

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If something really bad happens to her and it could've been prevented by you telling where she was...how would you deal with that. I get it...she's your friend...so BE A TRUE FRIEND and tell her parents what you know...it's for her protection.

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This kind of thing scares me, You have the blind leading the blind, This is nothing but dangerous...
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Agreed.
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I agree shes home safe and everything i just dont know whats gonna go on from there
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Glad she's home safe.
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Thank you. I called them and they said they'd keep me updated on whats gonna go on.. just scared to lose my best friend
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Just be there for her. Good luck to you both!
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Thank you and i will (: i always have been
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I'm just glad she's home safe now!!
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thanks
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no maybe you dont want anyone to know

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i didnt tell they found her there self
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A long as they found her safe, I would keep my mouth shut and see what happens.

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thats what ima do
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Well, it honestly depends on the situation. It's never good to keep things from people. I would probably say yes, but I don't know your situation.

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i dont no what to do
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If she's out there all alone dealing with life she's probably ill-equipped to handle it, for her own safety you need to do what you can to protect her and to help her, how would you feel if a predator got a hold of her, you can't stand by and do nothing...

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Well said!
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Thank you. )
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I said something..
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Good for you Megan, you did the right thing...
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Sorry I meant Meagan. )
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Thank you. But they might end up sending her to juvy.
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That's better than on the street, I'm proud of what you did, she may be troubled and need the help, she may not think so, but you did the right thing...
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Thanks. And i told her she was stupid for doing that
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You're a very sensible young lady Meagan...)
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Sensible? But thank you lol
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whats sensible?
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It means you have good sense, like as in common sense, your practical, pragmatic, sensible, Conscientious and aware, it's all good...
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Lol why thank you
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No , maybe her dad rapes her so don't turn her in!!!

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Wtf?! More the reason to turn somebody in.
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wow
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Some people have Terrible reading skills!
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Why did she run away that's just whack?
Thank you for saying that fellow Wisconsinite aka JRat3280:

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Well; it's never a good thing to approve of someone "running away" unless he/she is in a dangerous situation such as abuse etc. Any other reason can be worked out; the longer a young man/woman is on their own and "running" the higher the risk for something bad to happen. But in regards to your particular question; yes and no lol. Being she has been found then no, you should be ok.
However if she wasn't found and the police asked you if you knew where she was and you said no when you actually DID know, then they found out later or her parents found out? Then yes you could get in trouble. It's called Resisting/Obstructing an Officer here in Wisconsin and in other areas it's called Obstructing Justice. For the future; do your best to convince your friend to go home and work it out; it'll be better all around in the long run :)

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Thank you very much
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Youre very welcome :)
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Ha
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There is no way w/out admitting heresay for them to be able to prove what you did or didnt know.

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Thats true lynn; but she asked IF she could get in trouble and the answer is yes she COULD. It wouldn't be easy to prove but hypothetically there are other ways to prove it than an admission or "heresay". Phone calls/texts/facebook contact between the two; witnesses seeing them having contact etc. But thats all a mute point now of course. Im happy she is safe and sound :)
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thanks but i was scared i didnt know what to do i didnt wanna snitch her out or anything but i had to
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Well there is a difference between "snitching" and doing what's best. Snitching is like telling on your friend for something minimal like she out past curfew etc, but in this case; it wouldnt have been "snitching". There are people out there who do bad things to young women, and wont think twice about it. Convincing her to go home or telling her parents if she wont is a very mature thing to do. It means you're showing concern for her when isn't showing concern for herself :)
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yeah i know loll but thank you (: she should of seen it coming cause i was crying and telling her to go home cause they were worried
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This time, your friend was found and is ok. But withholding information on an endangered runaway is a serious offense in the eyes of the law. But that pales in comparison if a very concerned family finds out that you held out important info like that and God forbid...something very bad happened to your friend. Personally, if it was my son or daughter, I'd hold you responsible and go from there.

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Well she didnt want me to tell. She was in a safe spot any way..
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Adam, I absolutely agree, they always think their safe, but they make very bad choices when their mad.
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Yes i know
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Ain't no such thing as a safe place when you're a runaway short of home (healthy home) or a police station. Safe places can have dangerous visitors (first time sex offenders or crazy reckless driver into the house, etc) or suddenly unsafe conditions. Who's to say? Always be a great friend and keep their loved ones informed just as they are extending this courtesy to you to let you know how your friend is doing tonight. I'd say that this family trusts you, wholeheartedly. Never crap on this gift.
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Yeah i know
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Cool.
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I know when my daughter ran away I would have given anything if someone would have helped me. I was in a frantic state, their are so many things out there that can hurt you, mean people who could snatch you right up and sell you to the highest bidder and you'd never be found again. Thank goodness my daughter was found okay, but this girl might not have been so lucky, anytime you know something you should always tell, it could mean life or death for this person. Young teens don't always think straight when their mad and make very bad choices.

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Yeah i know i was stuck and didnt know what to do..
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I'm glad your friend is back home and safe!!!
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Thank you!
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Meagan I want to put this into a different perspective so you understand it. Suppose your friend told you she wanted to sneak away to go somewhere to try Heroin. Would you keep your mouth shut then? Or would you call her parents? This is NO different. When she snuck off she could have been picked up hitch hiking to another friends house and POOF she is gone. This is NOT pretend. This happens every day. Silence is NOT the answer. What if something happened to her and she got hurt in some way? How would you feel then?

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And you haven't said it, but why did she want to run away? What was the cause? Generally, you don't have to be specific.
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I would tell but i had no idea till it already happened. She video chatted me telling me this and she was at her friends house. I told her to go home and she said she wasnt going home ever again and was crying i know why. I wanted her to go home and told her this isnt right. She wouldnt let me tell anyone. And everyone kept calling and i was crying and everything then her dad found her at her friends house. Now shes home safe i just didnt know what to do..
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So why did this girl want to 'never go home'? What was SO bad there?
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Her dad kept getting mad for no reason and was flipping out & i helped her out every way possible and it kept gettin worse and everything and she couldnt handle it
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Come on..... flipping out for no reason. what was one? be honest. what was it about? Phone usage? Boys? Curfew? Grades?
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Boys,curfew,her grandma, her, his problems, he kept flippin out about every single thing and im a witness. And Saturday he came home on his lunch brake got mad for no reason at her and started punchin the wall.
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meagan... what if she was kidnapped and raped and murdered? youd kno you couldve saved her. maybe trouble maybe not but a good friend would want a friend to be SAFE!!!

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SHE IS SAFE AND SHE WAS IN THE FIRST PLACE gosh
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i think its a general concensus here that if that happens again, its your duty as a friend to tell those who love her where shes at.
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im a parent and the thought of losing a child is horrifying!
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