Threats, Shootings Spur Interest In Homeschooling

Threats, Shootings Spur Interest In Homeschooling

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With the recent school shooting in Florida and threats being made at schools right here in northern New York, one local organization that supports homeschooling has been receiving phone calls.

Thousand Islands Loving Education at Home, or LEAH, is a local group made of 62 families who homeschool their children.

Meredith George is the head of the group. She says she generally gets phone calls from many parents when something like a school shooting, like the one in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, or a school threat happens, for example, a rumored threat at Carthage High School, which turned out not to be credible.

"Sometimes they continue to homeschool after they've done that and other times, once things calm down and they feel more comfortable, they put their children back into public school or private school whatever they choose, ultimately it's the parents decision," said George.

George says she has had parents who are thinking about homeschooling reach out to her since those two incidents happened. Parents that do homeschool say the benefit is that you're more aware of the situation your child is in when they're learning.

"It's hard to be aware even when you're active in a public school setting because there are so many children they're responsible for," said Becky Gebheart, who homeschools her two children.

And George's advice to parents who are thinking about homeschooling:

"Look into it, speak to people who do homeschool so you're familiar with what it is," she said.

George says educate yourself about homeschooling if you're thinking about making that decision. She says to check out or call her at 315-788-8800.

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