“[A] state commission of 16 educators, local and state officials and behavioral experts assembled by Gov. Dannel Malloy after the tragedy has [sic] a game plan to prevent future occurrences. Monitor homeschoolers.”
Let me see if I understand this. The vast majority of school shootings and acts of violence have taken place in public schools. There are metal detectors and armed guards in schools, and public school teachers are having sex with students, and we’re to believe that children schooled at home are the real threat.
In reality, it’s the violence in government schools that has lead parents who homeschool their children to leave their local government schools. “Parents gave a number of different reasons for homeschooling their children. In the 2011–12 school year, 91 percent of homeschooled students had parents who said that a concern about the environment of other schools was an important reason for homeschooling their child, which was a higher percentage than other reasons listed.”
The following is from the National Education for Education Statistics:
“In 2012, students ages 12–18 were victims of about 1,364,900 nonfatal victimizations at school, including 615,600 thefts and 749,200 violent victimizations, 89,000 of which were serious violent victimizations. The victimization rates for students in 2012 varied according to student characteristics. . . . In 2012, a greater number of students ages 12–18 experienced victimizations (theft and violent crime) at school than away from school. That year, 52 victimizations per 1,000 students occurred at school, and 38 victimizations per 1,000 students occurred away from school.
“During the 2011–12 school year, 9 percent of school teachers reported being threatened with injury by a student from their school.”1
Who is overseeing the violence in the government schools? Given the above statistics, before Gov. Dannel Malloy and his “experts” start monitoring homeschoolers, they need to do a better job monitoring their own government schools. Can anybody say Columbine?
Newtown massacre by troubled Adam Lanza cost 2 dozen lives
By Bob Unruh
Adam Lanza, 20, has been described as being “dark and disturbed” before his death. He coldly murdered his own mother in their expensive home near Newtown, Connecticut. Then he took her legally registered guns to the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed 20 children and six adults. Then he took a handgun and shot himself.
Reports say he suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, “or a personality disorder.” And he “had a tortured mind.”
The New York Daily News said he exhibited “strange behavior” and his “antics irked several residents.”
Now a state commission of 16 educators, local and state officials and behavioral experts assembled by Gov. Dannel Malloy after the tragedy has a game plan to prevent future occurrences.
According to a report in EAG News, a chief recommendation coming out of the state panel that was “charged” with “making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies” has concluded that more oversight of homeschoolers will accomplish that goal.
The report’s “chief recommendation” is “tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown,” EAG said.
The New Haven Register said while the final report isn’t expected for a few weeks yet, the “draft proposals call for individual educational plans for students with “significant emotional or behavioral problems.”
“The group is backing extending those requirements to troubled youths, whose parents have chosen to homeschool,” the report said.
The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission was created by Malloy 18 months ago following the Newtown tragedy. He said the education, mental health, law enforcement and other experts were supposed to recommend changes that would help prevent future outbreaks of violence.
This week members reviewed their “likely” recommendations in a meeting in Hartford.
Susan Schmeiser, a mental health law professor at the University of Connecticut, said, “Continuation of homeschooling should be contingent upon approval of [individualized education plans] and adequate progress as documented’ in progress reports.”
The basis for the decision to pin a target on homeschoolers is the fact that Lanza was withdrawn from public schools apparently during his 10th grade, and his mother, Nancy, 52, reportedly homeschooled him, for a time.
That’s from Marsha Lanza, Adam’s aunt and Nancy’s former sister-in-law.
She said, “She mentioned she wound up homeschooling him because she battled with the school district.”
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- SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2014). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013 (NCES 2014-042). [↩]