Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Judge investigated for homeschooling threat

An update to a story I posted on December 17, 2007 from WorldNetDaily.

A threat by a Utah judge to take away a homeschooling mom's children if she failed to enroll them in public school, and make sure they were in attendance every day, has been escalated to the level of the state Legislature, according to a homeschooling leader.

"I can tell you there are several legislators working on this, including one on the judicial retention committee," John Yarrington, president of the Utah Home Education Association, said. "There's no excuse for this kind of bias and prejudice."

At issue are the threats issued by Judge Scott Johansen, who serves in the juvenile division of the state's 7th Judicial District

He said in a court hearing for the homeschooling mom, Denise Mafi, that he would order the removal of her children from her custody if she failed to enroll her children in the public school district and keep them in class every day, unless they had a physician's note excusing them.

Mafi, who has homeschooled for nine years, told WND that she already had enrolled the children, for fear the judge would carry out his threat.

WND earlier reported the confrontation developed after the school district apparently lost an affidavit Mafi had submitted for the 2006-2007 school year.


Yarrington said a lawyer for the UHEA is working on the case, as are lawyers for the Home School Legal Defense Association.

He said court records show the judge told the woman that she was in court with her son "because you homeschool," even though the case at hand had nothing to do with homeschooling.

And the judge told the woman that homeschooling fails 100 percent of the time and he wasn't going to allow it.

Boy, is this judge wrong. Who does he think he is? Has he forgotten that this is America and he's not the tyrannical dictator of the socialist republic of Utah? I hope that there is a course for a suit against this judge for the damage that he has already caused to this family. My prayers go out to them.

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