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Would a summer camp responsible for caring for a child have any alternative other than refunding money if child intentionally misbehaves?

The real question is do they have to refund the rest of the summer camp fees if Bob is expelled due to his own intentional misbehavior? Not if the contract was written by a good lawyer, or even by a ...
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Can minors express their political views?

The First Amendment generally prohibits the government from taking any actions to limit your speech, the same as adults. There are certain exceptions, particularly if you are enrolled in a public ...
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What is the purpose of not having jury trials for juveniles?

The government has the choice They can prosecute the child for a crime in the adult system and the defendant then has the right to a jury, or they can refer the matter to the juvenile justice system (...
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High School forced labor for grades?

Various elements could be legal, or not. For example, it is legal to require students to do things in order to pass a class. It is legal to require a student to write a program for a course (entirely, ...
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Is it legal to own a photo of someone and spread it around without their permission?

Copyright The photographer, not the subject(s) own the copyright in the picture. So, unless this was a selfie, you have no rights in the picture. Privacy If the photo was taken in circumstances where ...
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Would a summer camp responsible for caring for a child have any alternative other than refunding money if child intentionally misbehaves?

You are only entitled to a refund if there is a "total failure of consideration" The child attended the camp, albeit briefly. Therefore, the camp has provided some of the consideration it ...
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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

So as pointed out in the comments, most states do not set 18 as the age of consent (in the U.S. a majority of states have 16 as age of consent. 18 becomes famous because that's the age of consent in ...
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Is it legal in the US to leave a gun in the hands of a minor without oversight?

Aiden4's answer about Winconsin's statute 948.60 is correct, but incomplete and the complete reason is interesting/funny, so I'll expand on it: The statute reads: 948.60  Possession of a dangerous ...
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If a minor requested a doctor prescribe her birth control, can she demand the doctor not disclose her request to her parents?

united-statestexas In the US, it depends on the consent-to-treat laws of the state. In Washington, under RCW 9.02.100, everybody has a right to reproductive privacy (be it contraceptives or abortions)....
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Is destroying a mailbox a felony?

Technically, yes: Whoever willfully or maliciously injures, tears down or destroys any letter box or other receptacle intended or used for the receipt or delivery of mail on any mail route, or ...
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Has anyone been prosecuted in the US because a minor consumed alcohol for religious purposes?

No. Not to the best of my knowledge. To quote Wikipedia on the subject found here: In the United States, the minimum legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages is 21 years of age; the two exceptions ...
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In the USA, do parents have the right to control their children's possessions?

The fundamental question is whether children can own property: they clearly can. See Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure (I improved the link so it can be more easily read). As a general rule any ...
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Can you sue an underage contractor?

Generally speaking, you have to disclose that the defendant is a minor in the complaint and their deadline to respond is tolled until the court has appointed a guardian ad litem for them. So, while it ...
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Is it legal in the US to leave a gun in the hands of a minor without oversight?

Those blogs are half right. The relevant federal statute is 18 U.S.C. § 922(x). I won't reproduce it here for brevity, but it prohibits minors from possessing or purchasing handguns*, with some ...
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Is it legal to own a photo of someone and spread it around without their permission?

Personality Rights In many jurisdictions, a person has the property right to control exploitation of a picture of them. This is generally connected to economic exploitation, but a court operating ...
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Who has ultimate responsibility for a child who forged their permission slip and is then injured on a school trip?

So many things were not addressed, so a precise answer is not possible. But to try to raise the proper questions you should be thinking about: Should the school have known the permission slip was ...
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How much authority do teachers get from *In Loco Parentis*?

The school can confiscate a cell phone if you violated phone usage policy, because schools have broad powers to set student conduct policies. Searching the phone is a separate matter: a search ...
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Why is Age of Consent set at a specific age?

I was initially going to vote to close this as a political rather than a legal question, however, I think there is scope for separating out the two dimensions. Our society makes a distinction between ...
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Age you have to be to drive with a disabled parent

united-states Possibly, depends on the state. Texas law allows early drivers licenses under this circumstance, though there is an age requirement (15 years). California allows such a license for 14 ...
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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

Dating is not sex (or at least, isn't necessarily sex). There is no "statutory rape" equivalent to dating someone younger than you in a way that does not involve sex or child pornography. ...
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Would a summer camp responsible for caring for a child have any alternative other than refunding money if child intentionally misbehaves?

Typically in this scenario, the expulsion of a child from a private organization with a paid fee for admittance will not be refunded to the parents as in this case, the camp may not be able to fill ...
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Can one individual (not a dealer) give or sell a firearm to another individual without reporting the transaction?

I assume that "in Oregon" means that the donor (transferor) and recipient (transferee) are both in Oregon, also that neither party happens to be a licensed gun dealer. You turn to ORS 166....
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Can my mom take away my phone on police order?

I guess you are interpreting the answer of the officer the wrong way. Minors do have rights. Plenty of them. But using a phone to contact people their legal guardian does not approve, or to consume ...
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Who is breaking the law if a child engages in the gig economy?

Alice sets up a food delivery gig economy website alice.com, and requires people to be 18 or older to register in the terms and conditions. Bob, aged 19, registers on the website. Nothing illegal ...
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Is it legal for a parent in Florida to remove their minor child's doors and install a surveillance camera looking into the bathroom and bedroom?

The relevant law is not so specific. It prohibits child abuse and child neglect which are defined only as general standards and not as specific rules. This doesn't appear to be child neglect, indeed, ...
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If a minor requested a doctor prescribe her birth control, can she demand the doctor not disclose her request to her parents?

france Parental consent is normally needed for any intervention made on a minor but two topics are exception, in which they incur secrecy and never needing parental consent, birth control and IVG (...
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