Parents Now Being Thrown in Jail in America for Homeschooling Their Children

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America the police state has become a labyrinth of rules, regulations and mandates, the amount of which is impossible to know, let alone comply with. But you know, that ol’ “ignorance of the law is no excuse” excuse wielded by faceless, un-elected bureaucrats wins out every time against the hapless, helpless citizen. In fact, some Americans cynically believe that rules are nearly impossible to comply with, and that they are written that way on purpose so as to justify the size, scope and power of the state.

That’s what seems to be the case in Ohio, whose Republican governor, John Kasich, wants to be the next president of the United States. His state’s department of education is so stringently absurd, that for lack of a piece of paper, it seeks to jail parents who dare to homeschool their kids.

As reported by Off The Grid News, two separate households that homeschool their children are facing jail time and thousands of dollars in fines and fees, for just barely missing state deadlines that they knew nothing about.

The charges are as ridiculous as the filings – “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” despite the fact that state nannies acknowledged the children were indeed being schooled at home, in parental education programs that officials later acknowledged met the state’s requirements.

The state school system says that the parents did not provide them with proper, timely notification that their kids would not be attending public school [a requirement that only a totalitarian could love]. But in contemptuous fashion, rather than notifying the parents of their delinquent paperwork filing, education officials let the children’s’ absences from public school mount up for nearly a month, so that they could bring criminal charges against them, according to Peter Kamakawiwoole of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

Guilty of … missing paperwork

Job justification, you see. Now watch – don’t be surprised if the next step is for the state to step in and remove the children from the homes of these “criminals.”

Most of the time around the country, the lawyer said, “if the family resolves the issue promptly, state officials rarely pursue further action—like criminal prosecution—against the parents. Unless you happen to live in Ohio.”

Kamakawiwoole added that both families were relatively new to homeschooling laws in the Buckeye State.

“One family filed a notice of intent when they began homeschooling last year, but did not know they had to file another notice for this school year,” Kamakawiwoole wrote [and why didn’t the state education nannies tell them they needed to file again?]. “The other family filed their annual notice of intent, but did not submit an educational assessment with their notice because they had not yet completed it, and had been told by their school district that there was no deadline for submitting the assessment.”

So they were given wrong information by school officials, and are now being made to suffer for it.

Kamakawiwoole maintained that the state education officials who are paid by state taxpayers had an obligation to contact the families when absences began to mount.

‘Disproportionate and draconian’

“As soon as both families realized their errors, they took action to comply with their districts’ demands,” he wrote. “After filing the paperwork, both families received a letter from their superintendent verifying that their homeschool program is in compliance with state law for the 2015-2016 school year.”

However, the school district then brought criminal charges – which will carry a maximum of $1,000 in fines, and six months in the county jail, not to mention what kind of lasting effect such a conviction might have on other constitutional rights (like gun ownership).

However, “each day that a child is ‘truant’ can be considered a separate offense,” Kamakawiwoole said, so that means jail time and fines could mount quickly.

“There is no question that homeschooling families have to meet certain filing requirements in Ohio, and this statute’s primary purpose is to deal with parents who ignore their responsibilities to direct the upbringing and education of their children,” Kamakawiwoole wrote. “But that is not what is happening here. When schools use this statute to prosecute families for what amounts to a simple clerical error, the response is disproportionate and draconian.”


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  • Mike

    The state does not like it when they can’t brainwash your kids.

    • Reverend Draco

      If the State can’t brainwash your kids – where will it find sufficient cannon fodder for endless illegal wars?
      Do you want the terrorists to win?

      • Mark

        Except in matters that touch on religion, you usually make sense and are humorous.

        • He’s not the only one that resists superstition as rigorously as he resists oppression and mindless regimentation.

          • JayC777

            You know that it is superstition, how?

          • Reverend Draco

            No evidence to the contrary.

          • It meets or exceeds every dictionary’s definition of superstitious.

          • Reverend Draco

            Thanks. . . you took the words right out of my, umm. . . fingers =P

        • Jollyjoke

          The Reverend likes to reason things out before reaching a conclusion. As should we all..

          • Reverend Draco

            I’ve found that reason is a much faster way to solve a problem than wishing it away.

            “I know what you’re going to ask, I just like hearing you beg.” ~ God

          • Jollyjoke

            Oh Reverend, you practically nailed it from my perspective of Christianity. All my life I’ve struggled with the idea that God was fully aware of what mankind would wrought once Adam fell from ‘grace’ yet he stood by and allowed it to progress. Thousands of years later we are required to ask him for forgiveness for what he allowed to happen lest we face eternal damnation.
            This dogma has stifled personal growth and increases my fear as I age. Glad to read someone else sees it from a point of reason.

          • Reverend Draco

            It stunts intellectual growth, not just personal growth.

            Religion says that demons are the cause of sickness and disease. . .
            Science says microbes are the cause. . . and has discovered ways to combat many illnesses without resorting to exorcism or Inquisitions or burning at the stake. . .

      • Which terrorists? I’d say state sponsored, but they all are.

        • Reverend Draco


    • whiteberry

      I concur!!

    • Juanita

      Exactly, and as we all know, parents are taking their kids out of those places. Not that he has a chance but if that story gets out, next time Kasich will not even get 16% of the vote in the primaries.

  • Rick E.

    The powers that SHOULD’T be have been incrementally-but slowly-implementing this anti homeschooling agenda for about a decade now. And now they have a receptive and compliant totalitarian government behind them.
    This will become worse and worse as these months pass by! The globalists are firmly entrenched now, and with help from the current administration, they will increase their attempts to subjugate us, and brainwash our youngsters.

    • Jollyjoke

      Some or most parents don’t think. Homeschool is an excellent idea. Teach the kids the 3 R’s and teach by living an upright life how to behave and treat others. With all the on-line resources there is no reason for kids to be in what barely passes for a school.
      Sometimes it seems parents don’t want to deal with their children!

      • Most human beings are curious enough to highly educate themselves if we would be willing to merely aid them in their search for the answers to endless questions.

        • The mom

          Exactly! !!! We called it relaxed homeschooling or un-schooling.
          Both boys turned out super talented and very well rounded.

  • The Fahrenheit 451 scenario draws near.

    • Jollyjoke

      A quote from the movie:
      The Captain: You see, it’s… it’s no good, Montag. We’ve all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Boy-when the day of reckoning comes for these power hungry pieces of shit, it’s going to be something to see.

    • gato felix

      I feel that day is upon us, as we “speak”!!

      • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

        I’m not greedy, but I’d like a little piece of the action!

        • gato felix

          As would I!!

    • James Michael

      Fast approaching….

  • Lewis Taylor

    I think it’s time the kids stand up! Tell them not to go along with this bull!Kids now know there mind early on. But they have to stand up!

  • whiteberry

    The government is here to take power away from it’s people…without their indoctrination that will back fire.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Once I was given wrong instructions by a former employer… emphasis on former. Long story short: this set off a chain of error catastrophe, resulting in his loss of $2M, his firm’s bankruptcy, and the complete loss of his life’s work. He was penniless at 50. It was worse than a crime: it was a blunder.

  • DisciplesoftheWatchObey

    Home School Legal Defense Association is likely hiring in Ohio

  • TanDaLayO

    Get rid of your strawman.(your name in caps on your various I.D. paperwork)…and they have no jurisdiction over you. It’s not impossible..just takes some legwork. OR, get out of that corrupt state..and to one that is friendly to freedom for families. Search around..WA state is one. It has lovely scenery, temperate weather… German families are relocating here due to bad laws for homeschooling in their country. You deserve, and have the right to determine your own child’s future…Don’t let anyone enslave you..or take your rights…no one..

  • Every study proves home schooled students far exceed their peers from public schooled. And this is in spite of the fact that many home schooled are students pulled from public schools because they were considered as ADD … disabled, etc. and they were so under-performing.
    I Thank God that our daughter home schools her two children. They read/write Latin and Greek, are a few years ahead in math and sciences and are very socially adept with sports (soccer and baseball), fencing, wrestling, karate, archery, hunting.
    Their attorney father has taught them (and a large group of their peers) the details of our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and each of its amendments.
    How many parents of junior high students can claim that.


    No one wants their children brainwashed. And as for Kasich, I, for one, will NOT vote for the imbecile Kasich!!

  • FiverPrometheus

    Prosecutors will be persecuted !!!!

    • James Michael

      Shakespeare said it 500 years ago …Kill ALL the liaryers…..

  • Guillotine_ready

    The more control bureaucrats are allowed to give themselves the more they will abuse and seek to increase it. Children are weaponized and used to intimidate the parents into compliance, CPS, is a good example of the state kidnapping children many of whom end up in horrid conditions.
    This has all stemmed from the unwillingness of parents to fight at the very first sign of threat to the family. It is a key survival skill to be able to realize quickly when a fight is going to be inevitable and to make a move to win immediately. Americans have allowed this crap to go so far that the only reasonable thing to do is abandon the state run schools and reduce the number of bureaucrats dramatically and make sure we never allow this cancerous corruption to fester again.
    Yes fighting back is lonely and you will be labeled as the problem, but after a while others will join you. Many perhaps most these days are lost and as unfeeling as it may be it is time to stop worrying about them, they cannot be saved.

  • breakawaymotorsports .

    Forced “education” is nothing more than subsidized day care where the “teachers” teach political correctness and corporate agenda to the innocent children.Any wonder this country is spiraling down the crapper hole?

  • Gun Slinger

    The state doesn’t like it when they lose federal money for kids being in public schools. Home schooling takes the money away. Oh well, at least some kids got a proper education.

  • CurlyBill

    Im just sick of bureaucrats… ruination is coming our way. Prepare!!!

  • kirkpatrick

    If the kids don’t go to pubic school, how will they learn Spanish and the Quran?

    • Reverend Draco

      Same way they do now – at home.


  • __deborah harvey

    the wise man hides himself in time of trouble.
    i educated mine entirely sub rosa and not in ohio.
    the ohio politician, capri cafaro [capri means goat] tried to pass the most ridiculous law against homeschooling. it was soundly defeated.
    but the forces of evil will never give up and i am sure even more garbage ‘laws’ will be coming down the pipeline.
    it is none of the gov’t.’s business how i educate my own.
    in pennsylvania the pols said the state must oversee the education of its children.
    i agree. the state may oversee the educaton of every child to which it gives birth, and i will oversee the education of every child to whom i give birth.

    • James Michael

      You nailed it completely and in reason there milady….

  • James Michael

    The sworn servant cannot require anything from the master…..
    Stop being slaves Americans….

  • donl

    Get rid of Socialism /Communism and it will be safe to send your kids back to a public school.

  • danton61

    Let me see if I understand this; A Homeschooling family is “obligated legally” to submit paperwork that is unnecessary ANYWHERE ELSE; They are “advised” by an agency that is “diametrically- opposed” against their success, and, it may rightfully be assumed, would most likely sabotage any and all efforts to homeschool. These bureaucratic “creeps” don’t care about the kids; they are more concerned with “centralization-of-power” for themselves, the kids be damned. NICE GOING GOVERNOR KASICH!! What a prick this guy is.