Couple Arrested for Homeschooling in New York

December 5, 2010

       Editor’s note: It is illegal to home school without the permission of the state in New York. The government has to sign-off on what you teach your children or you will be arrested and charged with endangering them. It was about the same in Soviet Union. The state owns your kids. They are wards of the state. Two parents in Montgomery County are accused of improperly home schooling their children.

Forty-seven-year-old Richard Cressy and his wife, 41-year-old Margie Cressy, are charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The sheriff’s department says the two were home schooling their four children, ages 8 to 14 years old, without the required approval from the school district.

The Cressys were issued appearance tickets to appear in Glen Town Court at a later date.

This article states that the couple were arrested for the crime of not allowing the state to brainwash their children.


“The purpose of education is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students.” —Benjamin Bloom (1913-1999)

Michigan Father Arrested for Homeschooling

In the third week of October, the Stutzman family pulled their child out of public school. When they were later visited by a teacher they explained that they had decided to homeschool, pursuant to the Michigan law. Michigan, of course, allows homeschooling if a parent simply teaches certain subjects at home with an organized curriculum. There is no requirement for notification or curriculum approval. Within the next month, the family received another letter indicating they needed to put their children in public school. A truant officer came to visit and once again the family explained that they were homeschooling.

Nonetheless, on the day after Christmas, Mr. Stutzman was arrested, fingerprinted and had a picture taken for his "crime" of homeschooling. Fortunately, he was able to make bail. On January 23, a hearing was set. Home School Legal Defense Association secured attorney Dave Kallman to represent Mr. Stutzman at the hearing. There was a discovery that the prosecutor was not even familiar with the law and thought that Mr. Stutzman had to be a certified teacher. Before Mr. Stutzman even had to appear before the judge, David Kallman was able to convince the prosecutor to withdraw the charges.

Commenting on the experience, Mr. Stutzman said, "I was treated like a common criminal and even had my name in the papers," causing great consternation to his relatives that he was engaging in some illegal activity by homeschooling.

We are thankful that this situation was resolved favorably and will continue to defend member families in Michigan.

SOURCE: Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)


7 homeschooling dads thrown in jail!

Families fined for refusing to send children to government institutions!

by Ron Strom | October 28, 2004

© 2004

Seven homeschooling fathers in Germany spent several days in jail for refusing to pay fines that were imposed on them for failing to send their children to government schools.

The fathers, who are part of the Twelve Tribes Community in Klosterzimmern, Germany, were forced to spend between six and 16 days in what the group's website translates as "coercive jail."

According to the group's website, which includes a chronology of its battle with the government, the men initially refused to go to jail. The police then picked them up and brought them to a lock-up in Augsburg, Bavaria, on Oct. 18. The first father was released from custody on Sunday.

"The authorities want to 'bend' the parents' will so they will pay their fines, stop homeschooling their children and instead send them to public schools. The mothers (three have small, nursing children) are supposed to go to jail later," states the group's website.

The site says the men appealed to police not to force their wives to jail at a later time.

Photo: German homeschooling father greets family after stint in jail.

Said the released homeschooling dad:

"The prison sentence wasn't easy but it did nothing to change our convictions. Wrong will not always remain wrong. To act according to the dictates of our conscience is right. Conscientious objectors are also granted the freedom of conscience. The 'wrong' of the members of the resistance in the Third Reich is being praised today, the members are being esteemed as heroes. Our conscience resists the one-sided education of the state with the values of a consumption and achievement-oriented society. How far have we fallen, if any kind of perverse way of life is being applauded, but a sincere education according to the Bible is being punished? Where are the citizens of this country who will stand up against injustice?"

According to Hal Young, president of North Carolinians for Home Education, who has followed the plight of the German families, the media in Germany have given the Homeschoolers favorable coverage.

The families are scheduled for a hearing on Nov. 14, which will address further fines they have refused to pay.

As WorldNetDaily reported, some German families have escaped the nation to prevent the state from taking custody of their children.

*Ron Strom is a news editor for WorldNetDaily

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by Kurt Nimmo
January 6, 2009

In a move designed to send a message to parents, a Montgomery County, New York, couple were arrested and ticketed for homeschooling their children and failing to register their them with the school district.

“Richard Cressy, 47, and Margie Cressy, 41, both of the town of Glen, never registered their four children or their home-schooling curriculum with the local school district, said the Sheriff’s Office,” reports WRGB, a CBS affiliate in Albany, New York. “The Superintendent of the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District confirmed the four children, ranging in age from 8 to 14, had not been registered with the school district for the last seven years.”

The couple may lose custody of their children. The case has been turned over to the Montgomery County District Attorney and the Child Protective Unit.

On his radio show today, Alex Jones said the arrest and demand that parents turn their offspring over to the state is like a scene out of Planet of the Apes. In the cult classic, apes hunt humans and intern them in a slave gulag. Police and the CPS are acting like apes on the hunt. Jones pointed out that there is no law in New York criminalizing homeschooling and the arrest was predicated on a color of law regulation.

Local and state governments around the country have moved to criminalize homeschooling and force children to attend dangerous public schools. In 2008 in California, an appeals court ruled that parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children...

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Congress outraged by California homeschool case
'There are a variety of things being considered'

March 13, 2008

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Members of Congress privately are infuriated and worried over a California appeals court ruling that essentially banned homeschooling in the state, where at least 166,000 students are being educated that way, according to a homeschooling expert who has met with them.

"There's a lot of concern and outrage from members of Congress," Michael Farris, the chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, told WND today, shortly after he met with several members on this issue.

"There's a variety of things being considered," he said. "There could be a brief by members filed in the appellate court in support of parental rights. There could be a resolution from Congress there."

Plans still were being developed, he said. But the ultimate resolution, Farris suggested, would be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing the rights and responsibilities of parents to direct their own children's education.




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