Cameron Home School Case Update

Last Friday about 40 home school parents and teens went to the court hearing in Cameron, in Milam County, to show their support for the home school mom in a custody hearing in which her in-laws and her husband tried to convince the judge to take her three children from her and place them with the grandparents and father. Although the judge accused the mother’s attorney of being responsible for the “mob” in the courtroom, referring to the home schoolers supporting the mother, several who had been to previous hearings noted that the tone and tenor of the court and of the judge seemed to be more balanced than in earlier hearings.

A home school mom and attorney who attended the hearing stated that the judge seemed to make reasonable and fair rulings throughout the hearing on both sides. While the judge says the case is “hard,” the presumption that the children should be with their mother unless she is “unfit” would seem to make it a fairly straightforward case. The mother is obviously a fit parent, which is why the attacks against home schooling were continually made.

The paternal grandparents are asking the judge to allow them to become a party to this suit and to be made joint managing conservators, probably because the father has historically been away from home two weeks per month. The attorneys for the mother cited statute and case law to show that the grandparents had no standing to be allowed either to be a party to the suit or to be made joint managing conservators. In the Tarrant County case in which a fit father lost his daughter to grandparents on “temporary” orders for three years, those grandparents were made joint managing conservators, and they used that status to their advantage.

In previous hearings in this Cameron matter, one of the main lines of attack made to justify the taking of this mother’s children from her was the fact that she had homeschooled them. Those attacks against home schooling in general, and specifically against the mom, continued on Friday. An attorney friend of the grandparents argued that it was somehow wrong to “deny the children the right to attend public school.” Another witness said the children were “naïve” for their age. One witness even went so far as to say that she often saw the blinds of the family’s home closed when she passed by. The attorney for the mother asked if she assumed that something wrong was happening in the courtroom since the blinds were closed there as well.

Home schoolers in attendance made a very positive impact by their presence, and the mother was very encouraged and grateful for the tangible show of support. Many of those in attendance were struck by the realization that most of the allegations made against this mother regarding home schooling could be made against any of them as well. The judge will render a decision in the next few days, and we ask for continued prayers for a righteous and lawful decision and for grace and help for this mother. We will continue to watch this case as we especially note that this judge will stand for reelection this year.

Comments

      • says

        The home school issue is the whole argument made over and over by witnesses for the grandparents and father against this fit godly mother as to why she was “overprotective” and the children “naive” and why the children should be taken from the mother and placed with the father, which the judge has done.

    • Cheryl L says

      First let me say i really think this whole matter stinks. I know the grandmother of these children and for the opposing attorney to use home schooling as a bad thing is really the most STUPIDEST thing anyone has heard coming out of a smart persons mouth. As much drugs and sex and killing there is in the public school system right now we need to protect all of our children and grandchildren. If this judge thinks it is a good idea to take these children away from their mother and give to the father whom is away from home 2-3 weeks at a time is either not a father his self or has never taken care of children. Would he allow his Children to be givin to someone whom is never around or on the computer playing games all the time.
      Get real and DO NOT TAKE THESE KIDS AWAY FROM THE MOTHER.

  1. Heather A. says

    I am not sure what to say regarding this case. I know the mother and children involved. Citing the homeschooling issue is pointless, as they are attending public school now, so their mom can go to work.

    These children are some of the most polite, well mannered, honest, caring, and gracious children that I have ever met. I find that common with children that are home-schooled. They are children, who love playing outside, and spending time with their friends here in our neighborhood. If the “witness” that says they are naive, means that they are are all those things, then yes, they are.

    Naive to the things that many children are exposed to in this society is a good thing. It is one of the reason I looked into homeschooling my daughter as well. Children are suppose to be children, not mini adults. There are many things that they should be “naive” too, yet learn from others at school, whose parents don’t take the time control what their young ones are exposed to.

    I can’t imagine a judge finding it acceptable to remove kids from a place they have blossomed in, because of something that occurred before they moved here. Homeschooling shouldn’t even be an issue now. What should be an issue is uprooting them from a place that they have grown to love, and their mother who is one of the best moms I know.

    These children are outside most days after school, playing with the other kids in the neighborhood, while their mother takes the time to sit outside and keep and eye on them! Imagine that! Making it a priority to spend time with your children. *Gasp*, she must be a bad mom! (sarcasm!).

    My daughter and the other children in the neighborhood, will be heartbroken to lose their friends if this occurs.

  2. Heather A. says

    I understand that, but because they are no longer homeschooled, it shouldn’t be an issue. It is in the past. That is what bothers me the most, they are trying to find something “negative”, when there isn’t, since their whole bases for removal is no longer an issue.

    I think it is horrible that the judge has deemed that homeschooling them was something “unfit”, even more horrible, is the idea that their father didn’t seem to have an issue with it while he was away from home for such long periods, yet now it is an issue?

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