Homeschooled Children Taken By Force From Their Parents And Home By German Police

Published on August 31, 2013

Four children, ages 7 to 14, have been forcibly taken from their Darmstadt,  Germany, home by police armed with a battering ram, and their parents have been  told they won’t see them again soon, all over the issue of homeschooling,  according to a stunning new report from the Home  School Legal Defense Association.

HSLDA, the world’s premiere advocate for homeschoolers, said the family of  Dirk and Petra Wunderlich has battled for several years Germany’s World War  II-era requirement that all children submit to the indoctrination programs in  the nation’s public schools.

The shocking raid was made solely because the parents were providing their  children’s education, HSLDA said. The organization noted the paperwork that  authorized police officers and social workers to use force on the children  contained no claims of mistreatment.

“The children were taken to unknown locations,” HSLDA said. “Officials  ominously promised the parents that they would not be seeing their children  anytime soon.”

The raid, which took place Thursday at 8 a.m. as the children were beginning  their day’s classes, has been described by observers as “brutal and  vicious.”

A team of 20 social workers, police and special agents stormed the family’s  home. HSLDA reported a Judge Koenig, who is assigned to the Darmstadt family  court, signed an order authorizing the immediate seizure of the children by  force.

“Citing the parents’ failure to cooperate ‘with the authorities to send the  children to school,’ the judge also authorized the use of force ‘against the  children’ … reasoning that such force might be required because the children had  ‘adopted the parents’ opinions’ regarding homeschooling and that ‘no cooperation  could be expected’ from either the parents or the children,” HSLDA said.

Dirk Wunderlich told the homeschool group: “I looked through a side window  and saw many people, police and special agents, all armed. They told me they  wanted to come in to speak with me. I tried to ask questions, but within  seconds, three police officers brought a battering ram and were about to break  the door in, so I opened it.”

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