Florida arrested and Prosecuted Homeschooling family who obeyed the letter of the lawSubmitted by wraiththirteen on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:57
A War on HomeSchooling
As a parent, you rest in knowing that you are the one to make choices for your children and your family. You have the unique ability to know your children better than anyone else and to manage your home in the way that best suits your family’s needs, beliefs and well being. This is a freedom that all parents should have, the freedom to raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment but this is a freedom that is currently being attacked in one family in Tallahassee, FL by the State of Florida.
On February 3, 2011, homeschooling parents Steve and Kristina Spell were approached by law enforcement at their home and told that they were under arrest. Shocked, they struggled to find childcare for their six children who stood scared and confused as they watch their parents apprehended by state officials. Kristina was eight months pregnant with her seventh child. They were given three hours to find childcare for the evening and then were told to turn themselves in. Otherwise, the police would return and forcefully remove them from their home. They were being charged with five counts of Compulsory Attendance Violation. In other words, they were being arrested for homeschooling.