UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio — Ohio education and state leaders are concerned about an Upper Sandusky couple that is running a neo-Nazism social media channel that has allegedly distributed educational supplies to children. The channel has more than 2,500 subscribers and has raised concerns for people like Teresa Fedor, a member of the Ohio Board of Education.
“This is not about politics. This is a moral issue. These are people who are raising their children to be hateful,” she said.
Fedor said she understands the importance of homeschooling, but wants there to be tighter rules and regulations, including a deeper dive into what people are teaching their kids.
“We don’t want to dictate curriculum, I understand that, but something like this shows us that there is a weakness in our system and there should be some accountability,” she said.
She explained she is in no way against homeschool education, but wants it to be morally correct.
“I don’t want to say, whatsoever, that we are attacking homeschooling, because we are not. This is a discovery that is deeply, deeply, disturbing,” she said.
Fedor wasn’t the only person to be negatively impacted by this news. Debby Gerth, a homeschool mother and the president of Ohio Homeschool Parents, said she and her peers were all shaken up.
“Our first thought was this is disgusting,” she said.
Gerth expressed her worry over people assuming that all homeschool education is bad for kids because of this one couple.
“What concerns me is when people take these outlier people, you know these fringe ideas, and then assign that to an entire group,” she said.
Fedor said she hopes she can work with people like Gerth to unify the homeschooling system and make it a better place.
The curriculum from the couple first surfaced in a Vice News article, which included a reporter from the anti-fascist research group Anonymous Comrades Collective. The Vice News article states the social media channel was created in 2021 and “has openly embraced Nazi ideology and promoted white supremacy, while proudly discouraging parents from letting their white children play with or have any contact with people of any other race.”
Rep. Riordan McClain, R-Upper Sandusky, issued a statement saying the claims will be investigated.
“I’m shocked that anyone would seek out the teachings of a mass murderer who caused so much pain and misery for the entire world,” McClain wrote in a press release. “It is important that evil ideologies are denounced and refuted. It is equally important to acknowledge that this is a very small fraction of the population and does not portray the views of the community or of home educators at large.”
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