In my opinion, you have two valid choices for dealing with this situation. The worst thing you could do is simply tell the student to do one thing or the other. It really is not your place and can open a can of worms that you would probably like to avoid. Instead, you could:
- Send the student to speak with their guidance counselor. They are trained to deal with these type of situations and will know how best to help the student.
- Provide the student with a way to help them make their decision on their own. You might pose some thought-provoking questions that they should answer before they make their decision. You should tell them to discuss those answers with their parents. You might advise them to create a list of pros and cons and rank their importance in your decision. Realize, however, that whenever you get involved in a situation like this, your words can have a much greater impact than you might think.
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