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Homeschool News .... Homeschool Girl Missing !

Posted by on Dec. 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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Special News Report...
Oct. 31, 2013

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. —

It's been just over three months since Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons was reported missing.

State records show the teen was being homeschooled by her adoptive mother when she disappeared nearly two years ago.

There is new support among state legislators to tighten homeschooling laws.

The face that has haunted investigators, the mystery is what happened to Erica Parsons?

"Everyone that has heard about it has had their heart sink a little bit," said Democratic State Sen. Gene McLaurin.

The ranch house where Erica was last seen sits at the north end of state -- McLaurin's district.

He's followed the hunt for answers in her case, but has new questions about why it took nearly two years for anyone to report her missing.

"There has not been any real accountability for what type of education she has received," McLaurin said.

Erica's biological mother has claimed if Erica had been enrolled in public school, someone would have noticed her disappearance.

Last month, at a vigil for Erica, Carolyn Parsons called for a new law, in her daughter's name, that would tighten homeschooling restrictions in North Carolina

"That's why it's so hard to track her until this is done," she said at the time..

Channel 9 obtained records from the state department of nonpublic education, that show Casey Parsons, Erica's adoptive mother, filed a notice of intent to found the Parsons' Christian School in 2005 as a religious school for her children.

Per state laws, all Casey Parsons was required to do was submit attendance and immunization records and administer a standardized test once a year. There is no standard curriculum and state education officials said they believe that is sufficient oversight

"I would say we are a moderate state when it comes to monitoring, certainly there are some out there that have no connection with them at all," said David Mills, director with the N.C. Department of Nonpublic Education.

Mills said his department can also make an unannounced inspection at any of the state's estimated 52,000 homeschools at any time.

Mills admits those visits are rare and information obtained from state records shows the state never checked on Casey or Erica Parsons, and Mills admits there simply aren't enough resources to do it.

"Anyone can fabricate documents," said Kevin McClain with North Carolinians for Home Education.

McClain said when kids slip through the cracks, it's not because of lax laws.

He said the majority of families who belong to his organization, North Carolinians for Home Education, are teaching bright minds with bright futures

"Who knows if going to school every day would have helped Erica," McClain said.

That is a question McLaurin and the education oversight committee are investigating.

Inside the state capitol, legislative aides are working on a report about other state's homeschooling and the Department of Nonpublic Education's policies and procedures.

It's all in hopes that lessons will be learned from the girl who remains a mystery

Is the focus of this investigation on homeschooling in the wrong place?

  

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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM
I pray they find her and she is ok. I have said before I wish there was away to protect kids better but I still am not convinced there are any laws that will keep the bad stuff from happening.
TidewaterClan
by Kate on Dec. 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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I understand that authorities would have known sooner if she had been in ps, but to me this doesn't have anything to do with hs or needing stricter hs laws. A family who doesn't report a child missing for two years has some major explaining (and/or penitentiary time) to do.

The same sort of argument could be applied to children who are too young to be in school.

I feel bad for Erica though. It's sad to think of.
katyq
by Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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Poor child! I must say though that I am disgusted by their deflection onto homeschooling. Wth?
kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM
Unless you can get everyone to feel the same way, think the same way, act the same way, then there isn't going to be a way to keep harm from happening.
On this thought process, have you ever heard/watched a movie called THX? Quite interesting.


Quoting debramommyof4: I pray they find her and she is ok. I have said before I wish there was away to protect kids better but I still am not convinced there are any laws that will keep the bad stuff from happening.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM
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How about those children that are in the ps and are being abused daily and nothing is reported on those children?! It saddens me that the main focus AND concern is that this young girl was being homeschooled! Not that she is STILL missing. To me, that is wrong.


Quoting TidewaterClan: I understand that authorities would have known sooner if she had been in ps, but to me this doesn't have anything to do with hs or needing stricter hs laws. A family who doesn't report a child missing for two years has some major explaining (and/or penitentiary time) to do.

The same sort of argument could be applied to children who are too young to be in school.

I feel bad for Erica though. It's sad to think of.
debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM
No I will have to look that one up. But I do agree there are always going to be evil people in the world and if we did not think for ourselves then the person who controls what we think would get corrupt and turn evil anyway.

Quoting kirbymom: Unless you can get everyone to feel the same way, think the same way, act the same way, then there isn't going to be a way to keep harm from happening.

On this thought process, have you ever heard/watched a movie called THX? Quite interesting.





Quoting debramommyof4: I pray they find her and she is ok. I have said before I wish there was away to protect kids better but I still am not convinced there are any laws that will keep the bad stuff from happening.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Would you say that their focus is on the wrong thing on their investigation, then?


Quoting katyq: Poor child! I must say though that I am disgusted by their deflection onto homeschooling. Wth?
kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM
The movie is a but strange but kind of fits the scenario we are talking about.
You know what they say about power don't you? ....

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely"


Quoting debramommyof4: No I will have to look that one up. But I do agree there are always going to be evil people in the world and if we did not think for ourselves then the person who controls what we think would get corrupt and turn evil anyway.

Quoting kirbymom: Unless you can get everyone to feel the same way, think the same way, act the same way, then there isn't going to be a way to keep harm from happening.
On this thought process, have you ever heard/watched a movie called THX? Quite interesting.


Quoting debramommyof4: I pray they find her and she is ok. I have said before I wish there was away to protect kids better but I still am not convinced there are any laws that will keep the bad stuff from happening.
TidewaterClan
by Kate on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:26 PM
Definitely. There was a girl at ps last year whose mother physically abused her & had been to jail for it. The grandmother kept trying to get legal custody (I met both of them & grandma was a sweet person - the mom was not). It was a horrible thing to know, especially with the principal, etc., knowing too. No idea of he could have helped.

For me there are about a thousand flags raised that this girl is missing and no one is questioning her adoptive mother (maybe they are but at least here it's all about hs). Even her biological mother is questioning the hs laws instead of the family she was living with. Maybe they're all trying to refocus the direction onto hs too.

It's all super fishy IMO.


Quoting kirbymom: How about those children that are in the ps and are being abused daily and nothing is reported on those children?! It saddens me that the main focus AND concern is that this young girl was being homeschooled! Not that she is STILL missing. To me, that is wrong.





Quoting TidewaterClan: I understand that authorities would have known sooner if she had been in ps, but to me this doesn't have anything to do with hs or needing stricter hs laws. A family who doesn't report a child missing for two years has some major explaining (and/or penitentiary time) to do.



The same sort of argument could be applied to children who are too young to be in school.



I feel bad for Erica though. It's sad to think of.
debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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That is so true.

Quoting kirbymom: The movie is a but strange but kind of fits the scenario we are talking about.

You know what they say about power don't you? ....



"Absolute power corrupts absolutely"





Quoting debramommyof4: No I will have to look that one up. But I do agree there are always going to be evil people in the world and if we did not think for ourselves then the person who controls what we think would get corrupt and turn evil anyway.



Quoting kirbymom: Unless you can get everyone to feel the same way, think the same way, act the same way, then there isn't going to be a way to keep harm from happening.

On this thought process, have you ever heard/watched a movie called THX? Quite interesting.





Quoting debramommyof4: I pray they find her and she is ok. I have said before I wish there was away to protect kids better but I still am not convinced there are any laws that will keep the bad stuff from happening.
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