The case involving the 13-year-old boy, Christian Choate, who was allegedly kept in a cage and tortured, signifies that our system needs legislative change. This child fell through the cracks, and no one, including the state, was watching.
So anyone can pull any amount of children out of school under the pretense of having them "home-schooled" and there is no monitoring system in place to make certain they are being schooled or even alive. What's wrong with the picture, and who is going to step forward with legislation to correct this issue?
More sad is we don't know how many times this has occurred in the past. Indiana law requires children to attend school, and that should require home-schooled children to be certified each year. And if it takes a test case to go before the Supreme Court, so be it.
And if he was classified as a runaway, where is the police report indicating he was an endangered missing juvenile? A lot of questions need to be answered.
- Wally Derose, Schererville