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I don't know what to do, help please... - October 6th 2009, 12:20 AM

So I have a friend, age 16, who really wants to join the army (Canadian or American, he's got dual citizenship).
At school I forge some notes for him (sign some field trips sheets) because he forgets to get this parents to and he has a really bad home life and was even on the streets for most of the summer.
Anyways. He made me promise that I'd sign something for him and I thought he meant another trip form (we have a school trip coming up) so I said yes. And when I tried to ask about what he was getting me to sign he wouldn't tell me. Finally after a lot of prodding he told me what it was (application to join the army, Canadian and American) and that I had already promised to sign it and if I didn't he'd just get someone else to.
He told me he was just getting them in case he decided he didn't want to be in school anymore. I don't know what to do.
I know signing them would be illegal because it's forgary but I don't know what to tell him/do.
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Re: I don't know what to do, help please... - October 12th 2009, 12:38 AM

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I know this is kinda a hard situation to help but no one has any ideas or any advice?


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Re: I don't know what to do, help please... - October 12th 2009, 01:02 AM

Hi Kate,

To put it simply, you've got to tell your friend 'no'. Forging those papers is illegal, and it is not your job to sign them for him. If he needs to get his parents to sign them, then that is what he has to do. It was not fair of him to get you to promise to sign the papers when you didn't know what you were promising. You have every right to say no, and that is the best thing to do.

Just tell your friend the truth and say that you can't do it. If he gets someone else to forge the signatures then that is his own risk and it does not involve you. You are still his friend, but being his friend does not require you to participate in illegal activities.

You are not his legal guardian and he is not old enough to sign his own papers, so it is up to his parents to do so. Field trip forms are a lot different than papers saying he can leave school.

Do the right thing and tell him no.

I'm sorry I couldn't get to this post sooner.
Take care.

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