Perris, Fairfield Child Torture Cases Raise Questions About Home School Regulation

Other states with similar requirements include Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin. The nonprofit has also advocated routine checks for criminal records and cases involving child protective services. But in the hands of parents like the Turpins, it can be the complete opposite.”
David and Louise Turpin sit during a court appearance in Riverside on Feb. “There is no list anywhere of who’s being home-schooled in those states,” said Coleman, who, like most of the staff and board of the coalition, was home-schooled. A police search of the Northern California home where the family lived turned up garbage and spoiled food along with feces and urine on the floor. A higher level of regulation would not help children, he added. “My husband is an amazing person,” she recently told CNN affiliate KGO/KTXL. But Rogers and her husband Jonathan Allen are facing charges of child neglect, torture and abuse after their 10 children — who range in age from 4 months to 11 years old — were found to have puncture wounds, burns and bruising as well as injuries consistent with being shot by pellet guns or BB guns. But being appalled and being horrified, while they’re absolutely necessary as a way of socially condemning what happened … David Turpin and his wife Louise, 49, face charges of torture and child endangerment stemming from the conditions in which their children were found in the couple’s Perris home in Riverside County. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Ina Rogers admits some people may not agree with home schooling but said she and her husband pride themselves on being good parents. He gave it an inviting name: Sandcastle Day School. “Parents aren’t required to have any contact with education officials at all. The engineer started the school by simply filling out a Department of Education affidavit stating that his children were attending full-time. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29. There’s no follow up. they aren’t a good foundation for long-term policy.”
On Tuesday, Rogers was charged with nine counts of felony child abuse in addition to a misdemeanor charge of child cruelty that she already faced. Eleven other states, including Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut, require no documentation. They’re completely off the radar.”
Coleman said various states — including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky — have proposed legislation in the last five years calling for greater oversight — ranging from criminal background checks for parents to mandatory contacts with certified teachers and doctors. Nothing more was required in California, and the state has no authority to monitor or inspect the school. “It gives all the freedom to the parents. (Credit: KTXL)
California is one of 15 states requiring that parents merely register with education authorities, according to the home education coalition, which has pushed for greater oversight. David Turpin listed himself as administrator and principal of a private school operated out of his home. Riverside County Department of Public Social Services Director Susan von Zabern said the incident “was the first opportunity we had to intervene.”
“What’s making home schooling look bad is cases like this,” Coleman said. “The Turpin situation is obviously a horrible situation,” he said. “The thing about home schooling is you have some really extreme haves and have nots,” she said. “They had normal lives except for being in home school,” Allen told KGO/KTXL. 23, 2018. “Home schooling doesn’t give any freedom to the kids,” she told CNN after the Turpins were arrested. 15, 2018. ‘Gives all the freedom to the parents’
“The thing in all of this is — it’s up to the parents,” said Rachel Coleman, executive director of the Massachusetts-based Coalition for Responsible Home Education. “I gave my everything to these children.”
The arrests come four months after another California couple was accused of holding their children captive in filthy conditions. Allen was charged Monday with felony child abuse and torture. The Fairfield case raises more questions about home-schooling regulations in many states, which some experts say are too lenient. (Credit: KTLA)
Coleman said the coalition has recommended that states require home-schooled children to meet with “mandatory reporters” such as doctors and certified teachers. In Fairfield, it doesn’t appear that Rogers and Allen registered their home school with the California Department of Education. “Some home schooling families do more than an excellent job. (Credit: pool)
The Turpins have pleaded not guilty to more than 40 charges, including torture, false imprisonment, abuse of a dependent adult and child abuse. David Turpin also pleaded not guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a minor. Please enable Javascript to watch this video


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But Scott Woodruff, senior counsel with the Home School Legal Defense Association, said home schooling is not a risk factor for child abuse. Neither law enforcement nor child protective services had been called to the home in the past, officials said. Inside the so-called home school, investigators said, at least three siblings were shackled to beds with chains and padlocks in foul-smelling quarters. The organization has cataloged nearly 400 cases, most since 2000, involving severe to fatal abuse of what it calls “home schooling’s invisible children,” Coleman said. Their kids are taking college classes in high school, innovative curriculum and getting to travel.”
And then there are cases like Sandcastle Day School and the home of Ina Rogers and Jonathan Allen in Fairfield. In the hands of good parents, the kids can benefit and thrive. “None of these bills have passed,” she said. The Turpin children were also home-schooled. “But an increasing number are being introduced with a regularity, that is encouraging.”
In the Turpin case, it’s unclear whether a background check would have helped. “And the absolute way to improve the image of schooling would be to create laws to prevent these things from happening.”
‘Everybody should be appalled’
A Perris home where child torture is alleged to have occurred is shown on Jan. The parents have denied wrongdoing in interviews with local media. “There are kids out there right now — I guarantee you — who are currently chained to their beds,” she said. “I am an amazing mother.”
Jonathan Allen, 29, and Ina Rogers, 30, are seen in booking photos released by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. “Everybody should be appalled. ‘Completely off the radar’
Investigators say the children were living in “squalor” and “unsafe conditions, and some of them had been abused.