Disturbing court rulings of neglect re homeschooling
State Office abuse of power is cause for alarm : In New York State, two highly disturbing cases ; questions of state encroachment of civil liberties and parental rights arise
(One case involves a mother who home schooled her child after he had received a blatant threat of death and was consequently put into the state's data file registry of child neglecters and abusers )
Examiner.comApparently, in New York State keeping your child out of school for such reasons is not justifiable. However, your child's absences can be excused with a doctor's note. Rhonda supplied the school district with a doctor's note saying that her son was depressed, but in a hearing in which she tried to get the school district to change 34 absences from unexcused to excused, hearing officer Colleen Sloan ruled against Rhonda.
New York Examiner.comBut another North Tonawanda School District employee made a report of educational neglect and inadequate guardianship against Rhonda in 2006 because her son missed 21 days of school. The Department of Social Services indicated this report (meaning they believed there was some credible evidence to support the allegations), although Rhonda was able to get the charge of inadequate guardianship removed. Because the report was indicated, Rhonda's name automatically went into the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
One of the most frightening and downright alarming aspects about the expansion of the state at the expense of the individual in American life within recent years has been the enormous growth of power allotted to Child Protective Services and Division of Youth and Family Services.
When used correctly, of course, these state offices provide an important service in the protection of safety for children from abuse and other dangers.
However, there are cases - far too many in recent years for those of us who have been watching closely - in which these State offices not only abuse their power, but become a monster which devours the family and encroaches on parental rights and civil liberties.
This Examiner coverage of two cases - one of them involving a Now Public editor - drives the point home:
The news of the Montgomery County, New York's Sheriff's Department arresting a couple, Richard and Margie Cressy, on charges of child endangerment for failing to file a homeschool educational plan with the local school district focused the national spotlight on the county where I live late last week. The case was covered by examiner.com as well as all of the local media. It was then picked up by the Drudge Report and the Alex Jones Show.
One important point that needs to be brought out in light of the Cressy case is that homeschooling does not endanger a child's life, but SOMETIMES YOU ARE ENDANGERING YOUR CHILD'S LIFE BY SENDING HIM OR HER TO PUBLIC SCHOOL.
Just ask Rhonda Mangus if you don't believe me. Rhonda's son declared that he was gay at age thirteen. (What you may or may not think about homosexuality has no bearing here). Other children in the North Tonawanda school that he was attending began to pick on him, finally culminating in a written death threat that he received. It was then that Rhonda pulled him from school for his own protection.
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