STOCKHOLM, April 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Swedish authorities will convene soon to decide what to do about seven-year-old Dominic Johansson, who was seized by Swedish police and social workers last year because his parents chose to educate him at home.
The Home School Legal Defense Association reports they have learned that the "Swedish Social Services Committee" has scheduled to meet on April 23 to decide whether or not they will return custody of Dominic to his parents, Christer and Annie Johansson.
In June, the Johannsons watched in horror as police snatched their son off the plane they were taking in order to move to Annie’s homeland of India. Police boarded the plane just one minute before its scheduled take-off and placed Dominic in the custody of social services.
Since that day, authorities have allowed the Johanssons only one-hour visits with their son – once every five weeks.
"Sadly, there has been no other change in the status of 7-year-old Dominic Johansson, forcibly separated from his parents, Christer and Annie, more than 10 months ago,” HSLDA said in a statement. “Dominic continues to be held in state custody in a foster home. His parents are allowed monitored visits with him only once [for an hour] every five weeks. The situation remains one of intense difficulty for the family.”
See, if you're trying to homeschool in Sweden, apparently moving to a different country in order to be free to homeschool is not an acceptable way to thwart the government goons who think the state owns the child.
There are links at the original article to help you express your outrage directly to Swedish officials. In the meantime, I'm toying with the notion of encouraging homeschoolers to boycott every product made in Sweden or sold by any company headquartered there. There's a helpful list here, if anyone thinks this might be a good idea; for myself, I'm thinking that the only power big enough to thwart the will of an out-of-control government are those huge corporations who rely on international sales (particularly lots and lots of American dollars) to keep going.
If you've got better ideas, please mention them in the comment box! Like I said, I'm a bit out of time today--but the whole notion that a government could deprive a family of their son for the "crime" of homeschooling, even when that family was in the very act of moving to a less-totalitarian country, should give everyone chills.