A teen boy in Missouri was taken out of school in September of 2012, reportedly to homeschool. He was found in a cold basement, handcuffed to a pole, lying on the concrete floor, with few blankets. Claiming to homeschool as this one family did, while an overwhelming number of homeschoolers serve in the role of educating and nurturing their children, should not be a call for increased homeschool regulations.
The police report describes the stark conditions, along with the frightened and emaciated state of the boy.
As of now, no charges have been filed. KSHB‘s reporter, Sarah Hollenbeck, discovered this family has been in the Juvenile Court in the past.
Gremli also said this family has been in Clay County Juvenile Court before where they argued that their son, who has developmental disabilities, was “problematic” and abusive to his stepmother. Gremli said on two occasions the state offered help to the family, but the boy’s father and stepmother in his opinion didn’t seem very open to dedicating their time to the programs.
It seems the father should have taken the time, along with the offered help. Reading the news acounts of the boy’s living circumstances, it appears many warnings were out there well before September.
The Kansas City Star‘s reporter, Christine Vendel, talked to the neighbors:
About four months ago, neighbors stopped seeing him. One caught a glimpse of him, pale and frail, taking out the trash. That neighbor had heard the teen was going to move in with his mother soon, and that the teen wasn’t attending school anymore because he would run away instead of returning home after school. A relative told that neighbor that the family restrained the teen because the teen “attacked” the stepmother and ate raw meat out of the trash can.
As always seems to happen in cases like this, the need for more homeschooling regulations pops up. Actually, I’m wondering if the question regarding more monitoring of homeschoolers was only raised by KSHB [Abuse case raises concerns about homeschooling]. But they did speak with homeschoolers. I should note the interviewed homeschoolers were at Skate City, not in the basement.