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December 2, 2010

Activist Urges Residents to Call Police on “Kids not in School”

A community activist in Hillandale Gardens (Adelphi area) recently published a newsletter urging residents to call the police to “report students not in school during school hours. They can’t LEARN and often get in trouble!”

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff sent a letter to the activist explaining that under state law, a child who is not in school is not necessarily truant. Homeschool families include physical education as a required course, and this may involve a child running, playing, riding a bicycle, etc., when other children are sitting at desks in public schools.

Woodruff explained to her that an inappropriate call to the police could result in an innocent child being stopped and interrogated by a police officer. Even worse could follow if the responding officer is not familiar with homeschool regulations, he added.

The article reflected an outdated mindset. Learning can and does take place for homeschooled children who are “not in school.” And as for getting in trouble, it is sad that any children are in juvenile detention centers. But homeschool students are more likely to avoid getting into trouble because they have more parental supervision.