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Published: Feb 15, 2007
German Homeschooled Child Vanishes From Psychiatry Unit
by Tim Bueler

The Home Schooled child in Germany, Melissa Busekros, who was sentenced the Nuremberg psychiatry unit for being home schooled, has now vanished. (See article below.)

German authorities have not let the parents know her new whereabouts.

The case involves a teenage homeschool student in Germany who was suddenly snatched from her parents by a SWAT team of German police officers and thrown into a psychiatric ward due to her "school phobia" taking an alleged turn for the worse.

The German homeschool advocacy organization Netzwerk-Bildungsfreifeit made the statement: "Neither the parents nor their attorney are informed where Melissa is arrested now. The situation is [horrifying] for the girl and the parents."

According to, Netzwerk-Bildungsfreifeit said the situation confirms its worst fears: That "Germany blatantly spurns parental and human rights and cannot be regarded any longer as a free country. It is running more and more to tyranny and dictatorship."

Conducting Talk Show interviews on this subject is Christopher Klicka, author of HomeSchool Heroes, and a panel of spokespersons (see list below) with Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), America's largest homeschooling organization with a word of warning that what is happening in Germany today may be knocking on our door tomorrow.

During your interview, your HSLDA representative will give information about the bizarre arrest and the German officials who refuse to give basic information about the whereabouts of the child to her parents, including how German authorities took a team of about 20 police officers and other officials to take the teen from her home, right in front of her shocked family.

The unconscionable treatment of sincere and faithful Christian homeschool families is a sad legacy from Germany's past. Homeschooling was first banned under Adolf Hitler, and that ban is still enforced today.

HSLDA continues to track the circumstances of about 40 families in Germany with court cases in various stages.


In the summer of 2005, when Melissa was 15, she was told she would have to repeat the seventh grade at the government school because she was failing math and Latin. She had good grades in the rest of her classes, so her parents tutored her at home for those two subjects.

When the school officials found out they were angry and then expelled Melissa, so the family began to homeschool full time.

However, the Youth Welfare office then took the family to court because they were homeschooling. Then, on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, social workers and police officers came to the Busekros home and forcibly took Melissa to the child psychiatric unit where she was questioned for four hours before she was returned home. Then two days later, 15 police officers and social workers came to the Busekros home and took Melissa away from her parents by force and placed her in the child psychiatric unit.

According to Melissa's father, Hubert Busekros, this treatment was justified by the psychiatrist's finding two days previously that Melissa was supposedly developmentally delayed by one year and that she suffered from school phobia.

Nevertheless, one organization concerned with education expressed outrage at the treatment of Melissa Busekros.

"The Netzwerk Bildungsfreiheit [the Network for Freedom of Education] condemns this inconsiderate and totally incommensurate behavior on the part of the officials involved and demands that they give Melissa her freedom and return her to her family immediately," the group was quoted in an article on its website. To view the site, as well as more information and a photograph of the Busekros family, go to this link.

Tim Bueler is an independent columnist

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