By John-Henry Westen
Melissa Busekros  NUREMBERG, February 13, 2007 ( – The horrific situation which exploded in Germany last week with the forced removal by police of 15-year-old Melissa Busekros from her home to a psychiatric institution, has escalated.  New reports from Germany indicate that the child has been transferred from the clinic to another location and the German Youth Welfare Office authorities are refusing to inform the parents of Melissa’s location.

  Another very disturbing revelation, which comes from an interview given by Melissa’s father Hubert Busekros with the German Catholic news service, is that local media are refusing to cover the matter.  “The local papers have determined that there will be no report,” he said. “It is about a personal affair that is not of public interest.”

  Last week as the situation unfolded reported that the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) organization in North America issued an urgent call to members to contact the German embassies in Canada and the United States to protest the actions with the German Government.

“Homeschooling was first banned under Adolf Hitler, and that ban is still enforced today,” said HSLDA explaining the reason for the actions of the state.

  Melissa is now in the custody of the Youth Welfare Office.  They permitted Melissa only brief visits from her mother and her five younger siblings last week.  The family expected her to be released Friday.

  Melissa was the only child in the family being homeschooled.  It was undertaken in an effort to improve her grades in courses she was struggling with.

  Homeschooling supporters in Germany are hoping the international community will assist in bringing pressure on authorities to end the family’s nightmare.  The Alternative Map Network in Germany which promotes alternative education has provided a list of contact within Germany where concerns can be raised.

  To express concerns contact:

  Youth welfare Office
  Director: Edeltraud Höllerer
  Rathausplatz 1
  91052 Erlangen
  Tel. +49 (0) 9131 86-2844
  Fax +49 (0) 9131 86-2438
  Mail: [email protected]
  Or [email protected]

  responsible official
  Monika Muzenhardt
  Mail: [email protected]

  Mayor of the town of Erlangen
  Dr. Siegfried Balleis
  Rathausplatz 1
  91052 Erlangen
  Fon: +49 [0] 9131 86-0
  Fax: +49 [0] 9131 86-26 92
  Mail: [email protected]

  Local Court Erlangen
  Family court
  Richterin Frank-Daupin
  Mozartstraße 23
  91052 Erlangen
  Tel. +49 9131-782 01
  Fax +49 9131/782-361
  (no Emailadress available)

  Minister of justice in Bavaria
  Beate Merk
  Prielmayerstr. 7
  80335 München
  Tel. +49 89 5597 1799
  Fax +49 89 5597 3580
  Email: [email protected]

  Clinic Nürnberg-Nord/Psychatrie
  Prof.-Ernst-Nathan-Str. 1
  90419 Nürnberg
  chief physician: Prof. Jörg Wiesse
  Email: [email protected]

  Assistant medical director : Dr. Schanda
  (responsible for the survey of Melissa)
  Tel: 0911-398-3877
  Fax: 0911-398-3261

  Email: [email protected]
  [email protected]

  See related coverage:
  Action Call as German Homeschooled 15-year-old Sentenced to Child Psychiatry Unit

  (news tip: Principled Discovery )