Homeschooling Mother Convicted, Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail for Late Paperwork!

A family in Ohio is embroiled in a court battle, after a mother who decided to homeschool her child was sentenced to 180 days in jail for not filing the proper paperwork. You really can’t make this stuff up!

Another judge later overturned the sentence, after the mother was forced to plea to a lesser crime and ordered to attend court mandated truancy classes, a ruling that her lawyers are in the process of appealing.

Public School Classroom

The trouble began shortly after the family pulled their child out of school, a decision they made as a family, after realizing the kid was not thriving in the public school system – something most homeschool families can understand.

The family received a letter from the local school, telling them they had to file a notice and an end-of-year assessment, even though they pulled the child out of the local school system.

After being told by the district that there was no deadline to file the paperwork, the parents decided they wanted to teach their child year round and waited to file the assessment until September.

Well, that’s where the tyrannical government morons stepped in.

In early September, the parents started preparing the notice for the next school year and arranging for their child’s end-of-year assessment.

Then, out of the blue, a letter arrived from the school, telling them that the “no-deadline” paperwork they discussed back in May was actually “due” on August 1. In the letter, they were informed that the public school had been marking their child “absent” from school for six weeks.

The news came as a complete shock to the family. Fearing what might happen, they sent off the notice they were preparing and called the school to let them know they would send the assessment as soon as it came in. Within two weeks, the family received the results of the assessment, thanks to homeschooling their child was now scoring in the 97th percentile!

How dare these parents want to teach their child throughout the entire year; and how dare they do a better job than the public school system!

A few days later, they received a summons to court on criminal charges for “contributing to the delinquency” of a child. Not because they didn’t educate their child, or because he didn’t perform well academically; after all, he did shoot up to the 97th percentile, they were charged with a crime because some government jackass decided the parents didn’t fill out the proper paperwork on time.

Convicted, despite the fact that the child was thriving!

Here is the statement from the families lawyer:

Days after they received a letter from their school district recognizing their homeschool program for the 2016–2017 school year, this family was summoned to juvenile court on criminal contributing charges.

In April 2016, the case was tried before a magistrate. At the trial, the mother testified extensively about her decision to homeschool, her conversation with school officials, her son’s summer-school program, and his stellar assessment results. The magistrate decided to convict her anyway, sentencing her to the full penalty available under the law: 180 days in jail (although those sentences were suspended provided that the mother attend truancy classes with her child—which she did).

In Ohio, a magistrate’s verdict has to be ratified by the court of common pleas, so HSLDA filed a lengthy list of objections in that court. On September 30, 2016, the common pleas judge decided to overturn the magistrate’s recommendation that the mother be convicted of contributing to the delinquency of her child, noting specifically that the child had been continuously educated at home even while her paperwork was outstanding.

Unfortunately, the judge decided to convict the mother of another crime: “failure to send a child to school”—a less serious offense, but still a criminal misdemeanor.

While we are relieved that the judge revoked the magistrate’s “contributing” conviction along with its draconian sentence of jail time, we are disappointed that the judge instituted any conviction at all. We are preparing an appeal to overturn this new conviction on grounds that were raised before the magistrate and the court of common pleas, both of which ignored our arguments. The state’s evidence fell far short of the standard required for a criminal conviction, and we will make sure the court of appeals receives that message loud and clear.

 

11 Comments

  1. Copenhagen
    October 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Meanwhile the one’s financing,encouraging and participating in all the hate crimes and terrorist attacks across the country remain free as a bird without so much as a slap on the wrist.Our judicial system is a complete joke.

  2. B from CA
    October 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Since she’s going to have a criminal record anyway, why not go down for assault on a public servant. You only get thirty days plus probation. I have the documentation to prove it.
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  3. Frank Johnson
    October 20, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    America, land of the free? Not so much.

  4. Justin
    October 21, 2016 at 5:45 am

    It is all about the money.
    In Ohio, the schools/districts get paid ‘per head/per day’ for each student in attendance.

    • suzanne English
      October 21, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      That’s ps all over the United States.

    • Lane
      February 2, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Sorry Justin, but you missed the boat.

      Sure a small part of it is about money, but the biggest reason is can no longer brainwash that/those students with the school system. More parents need to be involved in what the schools are actually teaching our youth. They have either bent history or even totally re-wrote it.

  5. Chipmunk
    October 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I would say this debacle has probably been a good lesson for the child in government ridiculousness.

  6. Jake
    October 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Obama has increased penalties for American’s filing to give up their citizenship. Obama has issued FATCA last July 1st that gives the US IRS the right to track American accounts and investments in banks globally. Do you think Obama and his Socialist Democrats don’t know what they are creating? Unfortunately “We” the American Voter are responsible for these people taking over our country. After decades Americans paying no attention to who is running our government, criminals like Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Establishment Republicans like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will always be there to step in and take advantage of the opportunity left open by a sleeping, uninformed voter. This election is our opportunity to save our country from the brink of a Socialist, Communist takeover. A Trump win would shock the world and establish that God is in control because HE is the only one that could have made it happen. Vote on November 8th and kick these criminals out of our government.

  7. Moman
    October 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Hey judge, a little common sense for you, what word is in the word HOME SCHOOLING? and if this child was not “schooled” or sent to “school” including a home teaching environment, AKA SCHOOL, then how did he jump to the 97th percentile? which shows he was “SCHOOLED” or EDUCATED and then how the flying FUCK can you convict this woman? let me into the appeals court, WITH the media, i’ll publically humiliate the judge AND win in less than 5 sentences

  8. Copenhagen
    October 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I’d make damn sure i remember these pieces of shit when it comes time for re-election.Vote the judge and magistrate out,we dont need brainwashed fools like this playing with people’s lives..

  9. Copenhagen
    October 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I’d make damn sure i remembered what these pieces of shit did when it comes time for re-election.Vote the judge and magistrate out,we dont need brainwashed fools like this playing with people’s lives..

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