This month we explained to you what happened to the 15 year old German girl, Melissa, who was being homeschooled, how she was removed from her parent's home by 15 police officers and social workers, and placed into a psychiatric unit at the Nuremburg clinic for school-phobia (the account can be read at
We have now received even more shocking news. Last week the German authorities, without consulting or informing the parents, moved Melissa to an undisclosed location. Her contact with her family has been limited to a short conversation once per week. Last Friday the court met to determine further placement of Melissa. The court refused to change its decision but removed the first psychiatrist from the case (Melissa indicated that most of what the first psychiatrist reported was false and that she never said those things). The court is having two new psychiatrists examine Melissa.
Melissa has been moved--for a third time--to a foster home in the country. The first foster family didn't want Melissa anymore because she did not "fit." According to Melissa, the family was apparently bothered by her reading French and translating it into German.
Melissa's father, Hubert Busekros, said he and his lawyer were offered a compromise this week that they could not accept. The authorities wanted the Busekros's to give up custody of their other five children in order to resolve this situation. Hubert said the authorities are considering doing psychiatric exams on the other five children in order to implicate Hubert and his wife as unfit parents and thereby break up the family.
These actions against this homeschool family are an outrage. There are approximately 40 other cases pending in Germany. Many homeschool families have fled to Austria or another nearby country where homeschooling is legal. The German government is persecuting these innocent families without mercy. The German Embassy has indicated they cannot allow "parallel cultures." Christian homeschooling is a "parallel culture" that Germany does not want.
1. Please continue to call or email the German Embassy and give them this message:
"Over 40 innocent homeschool families have been prosecuted, fined, and in some instances, had their children removed to state custody. This is an outrage. Many homeschool families are fleeing Germany to nearby European countries where homeschooling is legal. The most incredible violation of human rights is the Busekros family, whose child was put into a psychiatric ward and then removed to an undisclosed location, all for the crime of homeschooling. Germany will not long be known as a free nation if it suppresses the right to choose homeschooling."
Dr. Klaus Scharioth
4645 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC, 20007-1998
The embassy can be emailed from its website:
2. The Minister of Justice in Bavaria can be given the same message:
Tel. +49 89 5597 1799
Fax +49 89 5597 3580
3. If you wish, you can also send letters to Melissa and the rest of
the Busekros family. Melissa's parents have said they will try to get
the letters and cards to Melissa. Their home address is:
Schallershofer Strasse 72
For several years homeschoolers have been fighting in the courts for the right to homeschool. At this point, all legal action has been exhausted with cases being lost throughout Germany, the higher appellate courts, and even the Human Rights Court for the European Union.
If you wish to assist the Germans in their struggle for homeschool freedom, or assist homeschoolers of other countries, you can donate to HSLDA's international fund via the Home School Foundation at https://secure.hslda.org/HSF/support.asp .
Your donation will be used to meet the needs of homeschoolers in Germany. After meeting the known homeschooling needs in this country, if there are remaining funds, this money will be transferred to the Foundation's International Fund to meet homeschooling needs in other countries.
Thank you for standing with these families and taking a moment to assist them.
Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel
Director of State and International Relations