Miss. homeschooling mom had to fight 'truancy' charge

Monday, March 4, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

police lights flashingThe attorney representing a Mississippi homeschooling mother is speaking out about her legal fight that included being arrested for truancy.

Dan Beasley of the Home School Legal Defense Association says the organization represented a mother who was arrested, booked at the sheriff's office, then faced fines and jail time.

HSLDA did not name the mother or the county in its press release describing the legal fight, which dates back to last summer. The charges have now, finally, been dropped by the county prosecutor.

Mississippi homeschooling families have until September 15 to file the necessary paperwork but Beasley tells OneNewsNow that combative school officials had her arrested in August of last year.

"Certainly, when I spoke with her she was frustrated, she was embarrassed," Beasley says. "No one wants to have to go down and be booked at the sheriff's office, especially when you're following the law."

HSLDA reports the mother was already on the radar of school officials dating back to the 2017-2018 school year, when her son, then 7 years old, was in school and accused of truancy. That issue was resolved when she provided medical information over her son's health issues, HSLDA contends. 

"A lot of times," says Beasley, "the legal issues have to do with a misunderstanding of the legal requirements to homeschool. But we do see school officials who have that misunderstanding be a little more aggressive."

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