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Reality show teen star arrested in North Carolina

Fame can complicate the already-tumultuous time of adolescence. More than ever, teenagers are featured on reality shows and YouTube. Many experience the kind of overnight success that others only dream of. However, this so-called success comes with a lot of other unanticipated consequences and attention. Recently, one of the teens featured on the MTV show "Teen Mom 2" made news again when she was arrested for simple assault.

The North Carolina teen mother, Jenelle Evans, has been in a number of run-ins with police since her time on TV. She has faced drug charges, assault charges and more. Her most recent incident, however, seems to have been put in motion after Evans' then-fiance physically assaulted her.

The pair was arguing when Evans made the decision that she was in danger and called the police. When the police arrived, however, they arrested both Evans and her ex-fiancé. It is not known what led to police arresting the young girl who had called 911 for help. Still, she was arrested and charged with simple assault, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and simple possession.

The man was also arrested for assault on a female and possession of marijuana. He is a Marine and was reportedly physically intimidating Evans. She was admitted to the hospital for her injuries. Afterwards, Evans took to her Twitter account to state that the man had been unfaithful and then assaulted her. Luckily, she also reported that she had ended the relationship.

A person who feels as though his or her safety is being threatened shouldn't have to worry about getting arrested when calling for help from the police. Otherwise, a person who is truly in danger may hesitate to call for help. In this case, the young woman has a history of harassment and drug use. It is unknown if those previous arrests contributed to the actions taken by the police.

In any case, young people are just as capable of making mistakes as adults. Sometimes, they are more likely to get in trouble as they test boundaries and experiment with different situations. However, this does not mean their entire life should be determined by instances of acting out in teen years. Working with an attorney who understands this may make a big impact on what sentences, if any, are imposed.

Source: WECT-6, "'Teen Mom 2' cast member, ex-fiancé charged with assault," Ashley Barker, June 26, 2012

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