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2/22/2007 2:01:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Germany: Melissa Busekros Has Been Moved to an Undisclosed Location

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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

This month we explained to you what happened to the 15 year old German
girl, Melissa, who was being homeschooled, how she was removed from
her parent's home by 15 police officers and social workers, and placed
into a psychiatric unit at the Nuremburg clinic for school-phobia (the
account can be read at
http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/2007/02/20070205135755.asp ).

We have now received even more shocking news. Last week the German
authorities, without consulting or informing the parents, moved
Melissa to an undisclosed location. Her contact with her family has
been limited to a short conversation once per week. Last Friday the
court met to determine further placement of Melissa. The court refused
to change its decision but removed the first psychiatrist from the
case (Melissa indicated that most of what the first psychiatrist
reported was false and that she never said those things). The court is
having two new psychiatrists examine Melissa.

Melissa has been moved--for a third time--to a foster home in the
country. The first foster family didn't want Melissa anymore because
she did not "fit." According to Melissa, the family was apparently
bothered by her reading French and translating it into German.

Melissa's father, Hubert Busekros, said he and his lawyer were offered
a compromise this week that they could not accept. The authorities
wanted the Busekros's to give up custody of their other five children
in order to resolve this situation. Hubert said the authorities are
considering doing psychiatric exams on the other five children in
order to implicate Hubert and his wife as unfit parents and thereby
break up the family.

These actions against this homeschool family are an outrage. There are
approximately 40 other cases pending in Germany. Many homeschool
families have fled to Austria or another nearby country where
homeschooling is legal. The German government is persecuting these
innocent families without mercy. The German Embassy has indicated they
cannot allow "parallel cultures." Christian homeschooling is a
"parallel culture" that Germany does not want.

REQUESTED ACTION
1. Please continue to call or email the German Embassy and give them
this message:

"Over 40 innocent homeschool families have been prosecuted, fined, and
in some instances, had their children removed to state custody. This
is an outrage. Many homeschool families are fleeing Germany to nearby
European countries where homeschooling is legal. The most incredible
violation of human rights is the Busekros family, whose child was put
into a psychiatric ward and then removed to an undisclosed location,
all for the crime of homeschooling. Germany will not long be known as
a free nation if it suppresses the right to choose homeschooling."

Dr. Klaus Scharioth
Ambassador
German Embassy
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC, 20007-1998
(202) 298-4000

The embassy can be emailed from its website:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3732

2. The Minister of Justice in Bavaria can be given the same message:

Beate Merk
Prielmayerstr. 7
80335 Munchen
Tel. +49 89 5597 1799
Fax +49 89 5597 3580
Email: beate.merk@stmj.bayern.de

3. If you wish, you can also send letters to Melissa and the rest of
the Busekros family. Melissa's parents have said they will try to get
the letters and cards to Melissa. Their home address is:

Schallershofer Strasse 72
91056 Erlangen
Deutschland

BACKGROUND
For several years homeschoolers have been fighting in the courts for
the right to homeschool. At this point, all legal action has been
exhausted with cases being lost throughout Germany, the higher
appellate courts, and even the Human Rights Court for the European
Union.

If you wish to assist the Germans in their struggle for homeschool
freedom, or assist homeschoolers of other countries, you can donate to
HSLDA's international fund via the Home School Foundation at
https://secure.hslda.org/HSF/support.asp .

Your donation will be used to meet the needs of homeschoolers in
Germany. After meeting the known homeschooling needs in this country,
if there are remaining funds, this money will be transferred to the
Foundation's International Fund to meet homeschooling needs in other
countries.

Thank you for standing with these families and taking a moment to
assist them.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel
Director of State and International Relations
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