The Associated Press has picked up on an abuse case involving “home-schooling”:
PHOENIX — Authorities say a grand jury has indicted a Phoenix couple on child abuse charges involving their 14-year-old daughter.
Police say the malnourished girl was locked in a bathroom without running water for two months, beaten with metal rods and forced to exercise until exhaustion because her father said she had stolen food and cheated on a home-school test.
The ‘news’ in this post is that the AP has picked up this story. Expect another round of anti-homeschooling fervor.
Homeschooling has been implicated in abuse and HEM has covered abuse cases in the past. Abuse is abuse, and, as in this case, it is a shocking, sad thing. I will, once again, ask the larger hard question – Who is encouraging these families to torture their kids? They need to be called out.
Some more thoughts:
Two Recent Custody Cases involving Homeschooling
Are Scott and Andrea Bass a Quiverfull couple?
HEM is running a piece on neglect and abuse laws in our upcoming March-April 2010 issue.