A 12-year-old homeschooled boy chased down near his home in Norway and seized from his parents has been returned to his family.
Kai Kristiansen was chased by child welfare services investigators and police officers, tackled and held face-down in the snow, having been ordered into state custody because his family chose to homeschool.
Kai’s reunion with his family came under condition of an agreement with the Norwegian government, the details of which are yet to be determined, the family said.
“We are happy to announce that Kai is back in his home with his family,” they wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “We are thrilled to see him again. We could not have done this without International support from others and helped make this happen for us. We are eternally grateful!”...
Kai was tackled and apprehended outside his home February 9 by Barnevernet (Norway’s child welfare agency) and police officers, according to Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)...
As of LifeSiteNews’ February 19 report on the incident, Kai had only been allowed to speak to his mother once since his being taken by the state, and his parents did not even know where their son was being kept.
The Kristiansens were not accused of any abusive behavior toward their son. Rather, the parents had become more and more concerned about the bullying Kai was encountering at school and had decided to homeschool him.
The Kristiansens informed the school of their decision and notified Barnevernet as well...
The family had moved to Norway, where Leif was born - and where homeschooling is not illegal - from Canada, where Terese and Kai are citizens.
They made their decision to homeschool after school officials failed to resolve the bullying situation.
Social workers justified removing him from home on the grounds that homeschooling would prevent him from being properly “socialized.”
HSLDA launched a CitizenGo petition asking homeschoolers across the world to sign the petition and contact the Norwegian Embassy in their country to demand justice for Kai, and remind their elected officials that homeschooling is not a legitimate reason to forcibly remove a child from his family.
The petition garnered more than 26,000 signatures and the video had a reported 600,000-plus views...
LifeSite blogger Jonathon Van Maren stressed that the Kristiansens likely got their son back because of the international attention.
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