DARMSTADT — A German couple whose children were seized by authorities due to concerns that they were being homeschooled rather than sent to public school has been granted the right to retain custody of their two youngest children, who are still minors, as they are attending a state school — albeit under duress.
According to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International, the same judge who ordered the children’s removal six years ago called for a hearing this year to prove the school attendance of the two minors. The children appeared before a Darmstadt court two weeks ago, but before a different judge due to concerns about bias.
Both said in letters to the court that they preferred to be homeschooled.
“I am not ready to attend a public school simply because German judges cannot imagine for me to be educated in a different way. I will not tolerate being forcefully taken and locked up,” one wrote.
“I just want to live and learn in peace with my family without the constant fear of being torn apart like in 2009 and in 2013,” another stated. “I went to a public school for a year and definitely did not enjoy it.”
As previously reported, in 2013, approximately 20 social workers, police officers and special agents swarmed the home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich and forcefully removed all four of their children.
A family court judge had signed an order that day authorizing officials to immediately seize the Wunderlich’s children for
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