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Homeschooling parents sent to prison
Two parents who chose to home educate their seven children have been sent to prison for 3 months in Hesse, Germany. They had previously been fined for their activity but the federal prosecutor, Herwig Muller, was dissatisfied with that penalty.
Home education has been illegal in Germany since a law dating back to the Hitler era. Whilst some choose to disobey that law, it rarely goes unpunished; many are fined, some children are transported by police to school. In one case, a teenager was removed from her parent's care.
Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association, Mike Donnelly, was appalled at what has happened in this most recent case. "Words escape me, it's unconscionable, incredible, shocking." He then confirmed that parents will be appealing against the decision.