The National Runaway Switchboard did some analysis of data to investigate the link between school behavior and running away. Some of the school…

The National Runaway Switchboard did some analysis of data to investigate the link between school behavior and running away. Some of the school behaviors analyzed for this study were class sizes, parent-school involvement, demographic location of school, and school setting. It turns out that schools with average class sizes over 30 had higher episodes of students running away and staying nights away without permission. Schools with higher parental involvement had lower rates of nights away. Students from schools in the South were less likely to runaway and spend a night away than those in the West and Northeast. Schools located in the suburbs or in rural areas and with faster teacher turnovers have higher runaway rates. Do the results seem logical? Do you think the research reflects what you see in your day-to-day lives?


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  • shakila

    i don’t know what to do .All i know is i wanna walk away from all this mess.I fell adopted and am made feel inferior to others both in school and at home.Both places and its people made me feel intimidated.3 years it felt like being trapped.I feel like running away.Please help me.

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  • Josh

    I just could walk out and never return school is crazy i hate it

  • 1800RUNAWAY

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  • nick

    My family isnt abusive but they take all of my time with friends and posessions away when i dont do a thing. It got to the point where my sister ratted me out for saying f u mom under my breath so now i have no friend time at all and i have a teacher who i hate and who hurts my feelings every class in front of everyone i see all these other great families with great relationships to their kids but i cant have one of my own i want to run but ill just get caught and punished i hate this

  • Jake

    School is fine with me its just when i get home the problem starts. My older and younger brothers fight and pick on me because i’m the middle child, my mom and dad do it too. they tell me to do chores and don’t tell the other two to do anything. Please help me, i feel like i’m adopted

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  • Jasleen

    Hi Nick

    It sounds like you wish your family situation was different, more like what you see with other people. Your teacher who hurts you in front of class doesn’t help how you feel, either.

    We can help you on our hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). If you decide to reach out to us, we can talk with you about some options you might have to feel more supported at home and school.

  • Jazmine

    I feel like no one cares about me I have no friends.at school because people call me a.whore and a.slut just because im frome vegas and no body wants to be friends with someone like that my family treat me like im just someone thats in There way thay they cant get rid of I try so hard to stay calm but its hard when ur constantly getting called names from everywhere and have no one to turn to not even your mother I feel soo alone and i literally cry my self to sleep everynight

  • Jasleen

    Hi Jazmine

    It sounds like you have a tough time at school AND at home, with people unfairly calling you names. It’s not ok for anyone to call you names, whether it’s school mates or family.

    We can help you on our hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). If you decide to reach out to us, we can talk with you about some options you might have to feel more supported at home and school.