I've never asked for help but it takes a village to raise a child and I'm in need of my village of friends, family, and genuine support.
My 15 year old daughter was receiving threats of getting jumped. As a concerned mother, I bought her pepper spray and a taser for self defense. I acted based off of emotions instead of logic. I never considered school and the consequences of these defensive tools being on school property. Nor did I consider the fact she is under age to carry these items.
Needless to say, she took the items to school. She told someone who brought awareness to the school. The school has a no tolerance policy for weapons. She was escorted by police to the police station. I picked her up from the police station and waited to hear from the school on the next steps. Eventually, she went in front of the school board and the decision was made for her to finish the remaining school year at alternative school. I thought the incident was over. This happened September of 2017.
My daughter is 16 now. She completed alternative school successfully and I've registered her for the new school year. To my surprise, I received court papers for her crime of carrying weapons on school property. The letter advised to seek assistance from the public defenders office. On the back of the letter was a list of attorneys. I contacted the public defenders office and learned if the child's parent(s) make more than $15,000 a year, the child doesn't qualify for a public defender. Now it made sense why a list of attorneys was on the back of the letter. I contacted 3 different attorneys and was advised the case can cost $1500 - $2400 depending on the circumstance.
This is definitely a life lesson for my daughter and I. She is looking at the possibility of being put into a juvenile detention center, probation, or some sort of unknown punishment for this bad choice. Its definitely a regret. I hope this story will help others who maybe facing a similiar situation by avoiding any defensive tools all together and just get police involved right away.
As a single parent, I was not financially prepared for something like this. The attorney will allow a 90 day payment plan to help me. I'm asking for any financial support possible.