Parental Rights Threatened Once Again
Is it a crime to homeschool where you live? Maybe not now, but if the government can dictate the kind of health care our children should receive, or dictate how we can feed our own families, how do we know where laws could go in our country? On this day when many of us are sending our kids off to the school of our choice, or keeping them home if your family homeschools, these parental rights stories get my hands shaking and my my heart racing. Cases of the government waaaaaay over-stepping are becoming more and more common, and I can’t imagine living through the nightmare that the Wuncherlich family endured last week…
At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in what has been called a “brutal and vicious act,” a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing all four of the family’s children (ages 7-14). The sole grounds for removal were that the parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.
The children were taken to unknown locations. Officials ominously promised the parents that they would not be seeing their children “anytime soon.”
Dirk Wunderlich described what happened…
“I looked through a window and saw many people, police, and special agents, all armed. They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me. I tried to ask questions, but within seconds, three police officers brought a battering ram and were about to break the door in, so I opened it,” he told HSLDA.
“The police shoved me into a chair and wouldn’t let me even make a phone call at first,” he said. “It was chaotic as they told me they had an order to take the children. At my slightest movement the agents would grab me, as if I were a terrorist. You would never expect anything like this to happen in our calm, peaceful village. It was like a scene out of a science fiction movie. Our neighbors and children have been traumatized by this invasion.”
- Reminds us of this case doesn’t it? Shocking Details on the Horrific Case Against Jacob Stieler’s Parents.
- Read about our decision to homeschool and other posts from our first year.