Abuse case raises concerns about homeschooling

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The alleged abuse of a local homeschooled student has raised concerns about student oversight.

The 17-year-old boy was found handcuffed to a steel pole in his father's basement in the Northland on Monday.

Vesta Morgan has homeschooled all three of her children for years. She says as a homeschooling parent, she knows it's her responsibility to socialize and educate her children. She does not want more legislation to micro-manage her and the decision she made as a loving parent.

"We don't need more legislation. On average, homeschooled students test at or above public school students," she explained.

Morgan believes the abuse case is terrible, but says it has nothing to do with homeschooling.

"If someone wants to commit a crime, they are going to do it, whether or not there is legislation surrounding it," she said.

Missouri Sen. David Pearce agreed.  He told 41 Action News that this incident is not an indicator of a need for tougher homeschooling legislation.

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