Parent calls 911 after public school refuses to release child

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WINTER PARK, Fla. – A Flori­da par­ent was forced to take dras­tic mea­sures when her pub­lic school refused to release her child dur­ing a dis­pute over stan­dard­ized testing.

Jacqui Myers says anoth­er moth­er with a child at Win­ter Park’s Brook­shire Ele­men­tary School called her after she arrived at the school to opt her fifth-grade daugh­ter out of stan­dard­ized test­ing relat­ed to the Com­mon Core nation­al stan­dards initiative.

They’re not giv­ing me my child, can you help?” the moth­er told Myers.

Myers, the moth­er of a first grad­er, is active in a group work­ing to opt chil­dren out of state tests and was at the school coun­sel­ing parents.

She called 911 to report that the school wouldn’t release the child.

The school told the moth­er they did not want to release the child because she was in the mid­dle of test­ing. But when police arrived, the school relent­ed and turned her over.

Myers tells the Orlan­do Sen­tinel that emails from school admin­is­tra­tors stat­ed that “releas­ing stu­dents dur­ing test­ing would be dis­rup­tive and not be allowed.”

But after the inci­dent, a school spokesman denied such a pol­i­cy existed.

We do not hold chil­dren if par­ents come to pick them up,” Shari Bobin­s­ki says, accord­ing to the paper.

The opt out move­ment has sprout­ed up across the coun­try in the last year amid con­cerns the fed­er­al­ly fund­ed stan­dard­ized tests are col­lect­ing per­son­al data on stu­dents beyond how well they’re read­ing and writing.

Fox News report­ed par­ents sent a let­ter to then-Penn­syl­va­nia Gov. Tom Cor­bett with their con­cerns about the extent of data that could end up in state and fed­er­al databases.

The per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion includes infor­ma­tion on every student’s per­son­al­i­ty, atti­tudes, val­ues, beliefs, and dis­po­si­tion, a psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­file called Inter­per­son­al Skills Stan­dards and anchors,” reads the let­ter sent to Cor­bett in December.

This data has been ille­gal­ly obtained through decep­tive means with­out the par­ents’ knowl­edge or con­sent through screen­ing, eval­u­a­tions, test­ing, and sur­veys. These ille­gal meth­ods of infor­ma­tion gath­er­ing were actu­al­ly fraud­u­lent­ly called ‘aca­d­e­m­ic stan­dards’ on the [Penn­syl­va­nia] Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion web­site portal.”

This fol­lows them from the cra­dle to the grave,” Tra­cy Ramey, of Penn­syl­va­ni­ans against Com­mon Core, told

While some states allow opt­ing out of test­ing, oth­ers, like Flori­da, do not.

To fight back, par­ents are instruct­ing their chil­dren to take the ini­tial step of par­tic­i­pat­ing – break­ing the seal on a test book­let or log­ging into the test on a com­put­er – but then refuse to do any­thing else.

The Ohio leg­is­la­ture passed a bill that bars schools from pun­ish­ing stu­dents who opt out.

Pri­or to the leg­is­la­tion, state offi­cials and edu­ca­tors said stu­dents could face “seri­ous con­se­quences, includ­ing third-graders not advanc­ing to fourth grade and high school seniors denied diplo­mas,” accord­ing to WCPO.