Virginia School Board Threatens Home Schooling Parents With Imprisonment

The School Board Wants to Haul Home Schooled Children, Aged 14+, in for Interrogation

Goochland County, Virginia School Board is demanding parents and their children justify their religious beliefs under interrogation. The Board changed their policy and now, once a child is 14 or older, the child has to state whether their beliefs are in accord with their parents’ beliefs. They are then to be brought before the board for interrogation so the board can determine if their beliefs are bona fide.

Does a school board have the right to bring teens before them to prove their religious exemption for home schooling is justified and do they have the right to follow it up with imprisonment of the parents if they don’t comply?

This is happening in the United States.

Goochland County, Virginia School Board is demanding parents and their children justify their religious beliefs under interrogation. The Board changed their policy and now, once a child is 14 or older, the child has to state whether their beliefs are in accord with their parents’ beliefs. They are then to be brought before the board for interrogation so the board can determine if their beliefs are bona fide.

This is a school government daring to tell parents and their children if their beliefs are acceptable.

If the board doesn’t think the child has the beliefs of the parents, the exemption is withdrawn.

If parents don’t comply, they will be forwarded for criminal prosecution. There is also a fine.

Their new provision states, “Any student who, together with his/her parents, seeks an exemption from compulsory attendance, due to their bona fide religious training or beliefs must submit a written application to the school board, setting forth the reasons for the request.”

Home schooling parents are concerned about the future of home schooling in the United States. A federal case endangers this parental right.

In May 2013, the 6th US District Court of Appeals found against the Romeike family who fled Socialist Germany when they were about to be imprisoned for home schooling their children for religious reasons. The court upheld the Obama administration’s denial of asylum to the Romeike family, a family of Evangelical Christians who are home schooling their children in the United States.

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UPDATE: School Board Scraps Controversial Rule on Religious Homeschooling