Today’s blacklist story illustrates that no one is safe from the oppressive thumb of government, not even those who are clearly liberal and generally support Democrats. In this case we have the parents of two children, Eli and Kavitha Kasargod-Staub, who decided to keep the kids from their Washington, D.C., school because of their continuing concerns about COVID. As a result they were threatened with losing custody of those children by child protective services.
Kavitha Kasargod-Staub was looking forward to sending her two kids back to elementary school this fall. After a year of remote learning in Washington, D.C., her kids spent the summer attending day camp. “I’m certainly not in the group of people who avoid all Covid risk,” she said, adding that camp activities were outdoors and there was testing for children if someone was exposed to the virus.
But by August, Kasargod-Staub and her husband were watching Delta variant cases rise across the region. When her husband went to the school to review its safety protocols, he left alarmed, having learned that the HVAC system was broken and there was no plan for outdoor eating. Kasaragod-Staub, who had served as PTA president the year before, called up the principal to discuss. “The policies were vague, everyone was scrambling, so we decided to keep [our kids] home for the first week of school in the hopes that [D.C. Public Schools] would realize they made a mistake and catch up with things like testing and outdoor eating,” she told The Intercept. “It feels a little dumb now, but I genuinely thought things would change and they’d figure safety stuff out.”
Things didn’t change, and the children stayed home. Pretty soon, Kasargod-Staub was notified that her family was being referred to D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency due to her kids’ unexcused absences. “I have a lot of privilege, I know the system, and it was still terrifying,” she said. “My mind immediately goes to, ‘Where will this lead? Are they going to take away my kids?’”
Kasargod-Staub was soon contacted by a government social worker for an intake call. “The person I spoke to said, ‘We don’t know what’s going to happen, we don’t have any sense of where this will go,’” she recalled. About a week and a half later, things escalated, and child protective services called to schedule a home visit. [emphasis mine]
Though the parents began teaching the kids using a variety of home-school programs, they had not officially removed their kids from the school, which would allow them to claim they were home-schooling them. Nor had they qualified for remote learning, because “D.C. Public Schools … requires a doctor to certify that virtual school is necessary.” Thus, the arrival of child protective services, which became increasingly threatening, step-by-step, first by asking the questions that were more and more invasive and inappropriate. Then,
Kasargod-Staub was asked to show a social worker where her children sleep and documented proof that there was food in her kitchen. “We don’t have undocumented status, we don’t have incarceration, we’re not unsheltered,” she said. “If we’re enduring this, I cannot even imagine how terrifying it is for many of our less fortunate neighbors who also have Covid concerns right now.” Her case is still not closed out.
The article at the link then goes on to note that in DC there are 90 such families, so concerned about the school system’s COVID policies they are keeping their children home, and are thus under investigation and could lose custody of their kids. The article also notes the same strict policies are being enforced harshly in New York City.
In other words, in cities controlled by Democrats, your children really belong to the government. Do as the government commands, no matter how questionable it is, or it will take your children from you.
I must make it clear that the overall data about COVID and children strongly says that the Kasargod-Staubs are over-reacting, and that their children are under no danger should they attend school. This however does not matter. Such decisions involving their children should be made solely by them.
Their decision also suggests that the Kasargod-Staubs have accepted the Democratic Party’s fear-mongering about COVID, and are thus more fearful of COVID that most conservatives. Based on my read of the article I am also willing to bet that the Kasargod-Staub’s are loyal Democrats who have supported that party for years.
No matter. The Democratic Party wants power and control, and it now eagerly misuses the government bureaucracies it created — such as child protective services — for that purpose.
You will obey, serfs! The government owns you and your offspring, and don’t you forget it!
One final point: This story underlines another stark reality we must not forget about yesterday’s elections. Just because the Democrats lost big in state and local elections, as well as at school boards nationwide, does not mean anything has really changed. Parents need to be aggressively vigilant or else the new power-brokers they have elected could very easily decide to drop the ball and let things stay as they are.