Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bad Parents in the News (who happen to be homeschooling)

I just hate it when a story like this hit the news. Obviously, this is not what homeschooling is about, but for some people it will only confirm the stereotype of homeschooling to hide abuse.

Arizona teen locked in homemade dungeon for months; daring escape leads to parents' arrest

...Police documents say the officers found a blanket, empty cans of food and a bucket filled with urine in a "dilapidated" room, the station reported.

Scott Bass reportedly told police he locked the child up as punishment for stealing food and cheating on her homeschool assignments.

A medical exam of the girl appears to reveal severe malnutrition.

It just makes me ill that someone would treat a child this way. I wonder how the parents got so far off track.

I hope the public will do a little research before jumping on the "we need to regulate" homeschoolers bandwagon. CPS already knew there was a problem in this household.

CPS apparently received a handful of complaints about the Basses in the past.

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Dana said...

CPS almost always does have a record of complaints.

How people treat any other human being like that is beyond me.

SAHMinIL said...

Earlier this month there was a similar story. The parents keep the child locked up in a closet, only let her out to go to school. She was so malnourished that she looked like she was 8 instead of 12. She WENT to school!

Mrs. C said...

I demand to know whether they were Methodists or Presbyterians so I can be properly outraged about their religious choices, too!

I need to know which ethnic group they belong to so that I can roll my eyes and snarkily comment that it was one of "them."

I also need to know if they have more than three children so that I can make comments about rabbits.

There. I think that about covers it. The public needs to know! :P

Janine Cate said...

I admit that I was kind of holding my breath, waiting for the news to identify their religious affiliation. In public opion, the only thing worse than a homeschoolers is a religious homeschooler.

Sebastian said...

In fairness, we need to be careful that we don't use scandalous teacher stories to label all teachers as malicious brutes.
I can believe that homeschooling is a great option (that is sometimes done poorly or not at all by "homeschoolers) and I can also believe that the structure of schools often leaves many students' needs unmet (while also believing that most teachers are kind people who do care about their students).

Henry Cate said...

Sebastian you make a great point.

My real frustration with public school teachers is the system won't get rid of them. With several million teachers, you know there are going to be a few bad apples. The real crime is that it has become so hard, almost impossible, to get rid of bad teachers.