State Now Assumes All Homeschoolers Are Child Abusers, Reveals Plans for Involuntary Home Visits

By Rachel Blevins

Lawmakers in the state of California are now pushing for families who homeschool their children to be subject to involuntary home visits from state employees—treating those parents with the same oversight and involvement that they would give parents who have abused their children.

The new regulations could consist of forced meetings with child protective services and other government agencies, which would leave the burden on the parents to prove to the government that they are fit to be parents who homeschool their children, according to the state’s guidelines.

As the Washington Examiner reported, if this increase in government oversight becomes law, it would “reduce the valid legal option of homeschooling from a fundamental parental right, to direct the education and school choice for children, to compelled consent to government intrusion upon the sanctity and privacy of the home and school choice.”

The push for increased government involvement is being justified by the case of David and Louise Turpin, a California couple facing 12 counts of torture after police learned that their 13 children were severely malnourished, forced to stay chained to their beds, and living in horrific conditions, among other forms of torture that have been ongoing for several years.

Instead of focusing on the tragic nature of the case, some Californians have insisted that the Turpin parents were only allowed to get away with such inhumane actions because they were registered homeschoolers—and they are also arguing that the Turpin family is not the only “homeschooled” family whose children are being tortured.

Instead of considering the fact that the majority of parents who choose to homeschool their children do so because they have no faith in the public school system, the editorial board of the Sacramento Bee argued that in the same way parents choose not to vaccinate their children, the homeschooling movement “grew as an offshoot of counterculture, religious and libertarian interests.”

Since last weekend’s arrest of David and Louise Turpin on suspicion of torture and child endangerment, Californians have wondered how such a thing could have gone for years undetected. The answer is that the couple exploited California’s lax home schooling laws to keep the authorities from finding out what they were doing to their kids. California law requires children aged 6 to 18 to attend a full-time school, either public or private. But there’s a loophole for parents who want sole control over their children’s education: Merely by filing an affidavit, they can register their homes as private schools.

However, an editorial from the Washington Examiner claimed that forcing parents who homeschool their children to adhere to the same regulations as parents who have been convicted of child abuse is “absurdly unconstitutional.”

When reviewing data from some of the most revered psychological institutions in the country, the Examiner argued none of the sources listed “homeschooling as a risk factor for child abuse and neglect. In other words, there is no evidence or data to even suggest that homeschooled children are being harmed or at risk of harm at a rate higher than children in other non-homeschooled and private schooling communities.”

These kinds of alarming ‘solutions’ to an unfounded problem rises to the level of a government search of the family’s home and interviews of children, under the pretext that homeschool choice infers that parents are more likely to be child abusers. It’s a similar illogical path as inferring that because a person chooses to be an independent contractor as a legitimate employment option, they are more likely to evade tax filings, or because a person chooses to exercise any other valid legal option, they are doing so for some other unrelated nefarious purpose, and on that basis alone the government has grounds to treat them as suspect.

In addition to the fact that requiring parents who homeschool their children to be subjected to involuntary home visits would interfere with their constitutional rights against warrantless searches, there is also the fact that this approach has not worked in the past.

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped from her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, at the age of 11, while she was walking home from the bus stop after school. The man who held her hostage, tortured, raped, and impregnated her with two children was Phillip Garrido, a convicted felon and registered sex offender.

Garrido was still under parole at the time of the kidnapping, and despite that fact that he was visited by parole agents 60 times in the first 10 years, he held Dugard captive for more than 18 years in the backyard of his home in Antioch, California. A report from ABC News noted that “parole agents ignored 335 alerts that his device had lost its signal,” and they failed to check Garrido’s backyard where his device showed that he was spending a large amount of time.

The report also claimed that a few months after Dugard was kidnapped, a neighbor reported “seeing a young blond girl in the backyard who said her name was Jaycee,” and a parole officer reported finding a young girl in Garrido’s house in 2008, which was “a direct violation of his parole.” But in both cases, officers did nothing.

If officials in California failed to see the warning signs in the many visits they had with the convicted felon and registered sex offender who was holding a young girl hostage, why should they be given authority over law-abiding parents who make the legal choice to homeschool their children?

Rachel Blevins is an independent journalist from Texas, who aspires to break the false left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, TwitterYouTube, Steemit and Patreon. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

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16 Comments on "State Now Assumes All Homeschoolers Are Child Abusers, Reveals Plans for Involuntary Home Visits"

  1. The sheeple will do nothing, as it doesn’t affect the majority, so people aren’t able to feel for others.

    • That is because they have been conditioned over the past 4 or 5 decades to believe we are a “democracy” versus a “republic”.

    • No….that is not it at all….. We are talking about California…. The Liberal citizens of California put those Liberal law makers into office… When they wise up to what Liberalism is and vote those SOB’s out of office, they won’t have such problems…

  2. This is why I decided to not have children. Even back then I could see the incompetent, tyrannical writing on the wall.
    This is the same government who arrests people who make food for homeless people in their own time in the name of public health.
    Isn’t this the same govt who child protection services sell kids into sex slavery.
    This is the same govt who made it legal for people to purposely infect others with hiv.
    And the list goes on.
    If I had kids I’d be running for the hills to hide my kids from the rank abuses of the government….. for their safety’s sake.

  3. “If officials in California failed to see the warning signs in the many visits they had with the convicted felon and registered sex offender who was holding a young girl hostage, why should they be given authority over law-abiding parents who make the legal choice to homeschool their children?” they got away with it before, why shouldn’t they do so again?
    were those parole agents charged with any crimes at all? if not, why not?

  4. Sharon Bauerle | February 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm | Reply

    I see this as a spreading danger as the progressive communists take hold of the idea. The rest of the states better get ready for a battle.

    • Communists? How do you arrive at fascistic capitalists who are ruling us
      to mythical commies who are no where in evidence? You mistake dictatorial
      capitalism for non-existent communism. Before you can fight your enemy, you
      better be able to properly identify it.

      • All ten elements of communism are in affect and have been for a long time. Just Google them.
        Property tax, income tax, inheritance tax (assuming there is anything to inherit), theft of your property (confiscation/ seizure/ forfeture), legalized counterfeiting (Federal Reserve Bank fraud system), brainwashing/ programming in government schools, etc.

        “The menace of communism in this country will remain a menace until the American people make themselves aware of the techniques of communism. No one who truly understands what it really is can be taken in by it. Yet the individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.”
        August 1956 Elks Magazine

        J. Edgar Hoover
        Director of the FBI for nearly 50 years

        Google to learn more.

  5. It looks like my comments are being censored.

  6. This will be unlawful searching of homes and definitely harrassment and persecution of a minority. Seems to me that since Pan wasn’t able to pass his disgusting SB18, he and his buddy whores and pimps are now trying a different tactic.

  7. So maybe the story of the Turpin couple was a staged operation. It wouldn’t be any more difficult than any of the other fake events (or fake people) they’ve operated. Anything to get their foot in the door.

  8. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder…. California is full of Mentally ill people…. They deserve such treatment from their Liberal Government… and I agree with their keepers… The Mentally Ill Liberals who live there need to have Liberal Supervision over the Liberal parents who raise Liberal kids…. sounds reasonable to me…

  9. Steven Gaylord | February 8, 2018 at 9:05 am | Reply

    The State wants our children so that they can sexually abuse them.

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