A North Carolina mother of three was arrested after police have said, Jennifer Smith Elam, kept her 13, 15 and 16-year-old students out of the public school system. Elam had previously been approved for homeschooling. She is being charged with three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Police are accusing the mother of not having schooled the children since November of 2012. That’s the same month and year that Elam enrolled all three kids into a homeschooling program. The police, according to Fox46 out of Charlotte, claim her homeschooling enrollment is a lie.

The issue was they’re not going to school,” Gaston County Police Capt. Bill Melton told the paper. “There was no documentation that they had been in a home school environment. The name of the home school they provided does not exist.”

She also claimed in court that her husband had homeschooled the children until he died.


“My husband was homeschooling them until he passed away,” the paper quoted Elam as saying. “When he passed away, I wasn’t aware I needed to change things.”

Elam was jailed on $50 bond.

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