Frankfurt, Germany – After police barged into the Busekros family home in Bavaria, the family's 15-year-old daughter, Melissa, was placed in a psychiatric facility, and later long-term foster care.
The police, the girl said, told her she had been brainwashed by her conservative evangelical parents, who home-schooled her. "They never even tested me to know for sure that I had a mental problem," said Busekros, now 19.
The moment Busekros turned 16 and could legally choose where she would live, she slipped through a window at her foster home and returned to her parents.
Earlier this year, Elke Schupp missed a court date to answer charges of home-schooling her two young boys. Later, when a police car with lights flashing pulled up behind her on a German highway, Schupp said, she panicked and slowed down long enough to send her boys running off
into a forest.
When police caught up with them, she said, she lost custody for good.
"I told them I wouldn't home-school again," said Schupp, a nonreligious ...1