Eight-year-old Dylan Seabridge, who was home-educated, was rushed to hospital after collapsing at his home in Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, in December 2011. His parents, Julie Seabridge, 47, and her husband Glynn, 48, were charged with child neglect but the Crown Prosecution Service later dropped proceedings against them. Now it has emerged that concerns about his welfare had been raised more than a year before his death, and while education officials visited the Seabridges, they had no power to see Dylan.And of course, they are now demanding 'something must be done!'. Not about abusive parents, or hopelessly incompetent officials, but about homeschooling.
I'm sure it's just a coincidence that this is a target the State has had in its sights for some time...
A draft serious case review report leaked to BBC Wales said Dylan was effectively “invisible” to the authorities and concluded that rules on home education needed to be strengthened as a matter of urgency.Yes, of course they do. Did they perhaps have this draft waiting for just the right case to come along?
District crown prosecutor Iwan Jenkins said: “It is our view that Julie Seabridge is unfit to face criminal charges on health grounds.
“In relation to Glynn Seabridge, our conclusion is that it is not in the public interest to pursue a prosecution against him … these are related to concerns about his health and the likely effect of a prosecution on him, as well as the nature of the case and the likely penalty that a court would impose in the event of a conviction.”So the real criminals go unpunished, while thousands of parents who homeschool their children find the State turning its beady eye on them.