This story shivers up my spine:
Home schooling dispute leads to foster care
Font: * * * * WILLIAM MARSDEN, The Gazette
Published: Saturday, May 13, 2006
Their bunk beds are empty, their toys idle, their books shelved, and their musical instruments – two violins, an electric piano and an antique accordion – tucked away in their cases.
Signs of a past life that their parents keep undisturbed, waiting for the nightmare to end; waiting for their two boys to return and for life to get back to normal.
On Feb. 15, a judge in youth protection court ordered their two boys, age 9 and 10, into foster care. The reason given was that the parents were negligent of their children’s health and schooling.
But as subsequent events have proved, the reason the boys were taken away was not that the parents weren’t loving and caring. If anything, it’s because they cared too much. They refused to allow the government to impede their children’s progress.
At the end of the day, the unyielding parents collided with a rigid bureaucracy and their relatively peaceful life collapsed around them.
Youth protection laws forbid public disclosure of the children’s identities. So their names, as well as those of the parents, cannot be made public.
Furthermore, social workers, lawyers and doctors are forbidden to disclose details of their files. For this reason, The Gazette had to rely on interviews with the family and people who know the family, and on supporting medical and school documents.
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