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12/7/2011 3:44:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Truancy Charges? Sorry--Our Mistake

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False Truancy Charges Dismissed with HSLDA's Intervention

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

When homeschooling mother Michelle Emily Shreffler (name changed to
protect privacy) received two court summons for criminal charges of
truancy and failure to appear, she called Home School Legal Defense
Association. The Shrefflers withdrew their son from public school last
year to begin homeschooling. At the beginning of this school year they
spoke to the school secretary who assured them they were operating
within the law.

Unknown to the Shrefflers, the central school district office had made
a mistake and classified their son Carson as "truant." The prosecutor
sent a summons to Mrs. Shreffler charging her with truancy, but he
sent it to the wrong address. Mrs. Shreffler did not attend the
hearing because she never received the summons; consequently, she was
also charged with "failure to appear."

Because the Shrefflers were homeschooling within their legal rights,
HSLDA sought to dismiss the case, and our local Texas counsel, Tom
Sanders, represented Mrs. Shreffler at her initial hearing. HSLDA
provided proof to the court that the summons had been sent to the
wrong address. We also demonstrated that the Shrefflers' son Carson
was not truant because he was being homeschooled in accordance with
Texas state law, under which homeschools operate as private schools.
Despite the proof offered, the court refused to dismiss either of the
charges and set a trial date.

Meanwhile, the school district discovered that it had mistakenly
classified Carson as truant, and it asked the prosecutor to drop the
case. The court finally dismissed the case less than two weeks before
the trial, just in time for Thanksgiving. Mr. Sanders credits "a
praying father," Mr. Shreffler, as the impetus behind the outcome.

"HSLDA is proud to be on the front lines defending homeschoolers
against prosecution like that experienced by the Shrefflers,"
commented HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones.


You can help HSLDA defend homeschool families and protect parental
rights by giving your tax-deductible donation to the Homeschool
Freedom Fund: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13047

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