View Full Version : Mom will fight judge's order against home schooling

03-15-2009, 12:12 PM
A North Carolina homeschooling mother, ordered to stop teaching her children at home and send them to public school, said she will appeal the judge's ruling.

"I couldn't believe how he overlooked all the facts to legislate from the bench,"

said Venessa Mills of Wake County District Court Judge Ned Mangum's ruling that it would be in the "best interests" of her three children, ages 12, 11 and 10, to be placed in public school, even though two are learning at two grades above grade level while the third is at grade level. As WND reported, the judge's action came... snip

The judge said the husband has not been supportive of his wife's homeschooling, and "it accomplished its purposes. It now was appropriate to have them back in public school."

Mangum said he made the determination on his guiding principle, "What's in the best interest of the minor children," and conceded it was putting his judgment in place of the mother's. In her court filing, Mills said her children already interact with other children at organized homeschool activities.

"These kids are doing well," she told the Raleigh News & Observer. "That's why it's such an injustice. It was an injustice for the kids." Mangum's ruling and reasoning sparked public outrage after WND's story, reported the News & Observer including an organized campaign to have the judge removed from the case. District court officials received more than 25 calls Thursday complaining about the decision while other court offices also reported being contacted.

Even Alan Keyes attacked Mangum's ruling in a column on his website: "If his idea of socialization includes the need to challenge the Christian ideas their mother has taught them, then he not only interferes with her natural right to raise up her children, he tramples on one of the most important elements of the free exercise of religion." Mangum said that while he expressed his opinion from the bench in the court hearing, the final written order had not yet been signed.


03-15-2009, 01:16 PM
The judge is just trying to eliminate a source of embarassment for public schools. If there are children around to compare with those educated at public schools, it just makes the whole system look bad.

03-15-2009, 03:23 PM
Does this woman have a legal fund I could donate to?

03-15-2009, 03:48 PM
This is a custody dispute. It should not be made into a political cause celebre.