An Associated Press article update in Time magazine and Knoxville’s Knox News reports the expected United States Supreme Court appeal is now filed for the Romeike family. In 2008, the Romeikes moved to Tennessee to escape fines and persecution in Germany for homeschooling. Meanwhile – in Germany – three weeks after the forced removal of Petra and Dirk Wunderlich’s school-age children from their home in August, their family has been reunited.
In May, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the family’s asylum claim.
The court’s opinion, written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, stated that the family’s treatment did not rise to the level of religious persecution. It found that Germany treated the Romeikes the same way it treats other parents who keep their children out of school for non-religious reasons.
The family accumulated fines of about 7,000 euros, or about $9,000 before leaving the country. They also were concerned that they could lose custody of their children if they continued to violate German law.
In their Thursday request that the U.S. Supreme Court hear their appeal, the Romeikes’ attorneys argue the 6th Circuit’s ruling is out of step with the other federal appeals courts.
The family’s dilemma has gained much attention in and out of the homeschool community, including recent editorials.
The Christian Post reports on the Wunderlich’s reunion:
German Homeschoolers Reunited With Children That Were Seized by Government By Napp Nazworth
Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were reunited with their children Thursday after they were taken by their German government because the Wunderlichs homeschooled. The Wunderlichs had to agree to send their kids to public school before their kids were returned to them.
On Aug. 29, armed police officers raided the Wunderlich’s home and forcibly took their four children, ages 7 to 14. There were no accusations of abuse nor neglect. The Wunderlich’s were homeschooling their kids, in violation of German law.
More here on the German families.