Using Christian Homeschooling to Hide Neglect, Abuse and No Vaccinations

Using Christian Homeschooling to Hide Neglect, Abuse and No Vaccinations March 23, 2019
Drinks on the beach in Tamarindo.

Yesterday I got a phone call from my doctor here in Costa Rica. He wanted me to come in for a MMR booster. A measles vaccination. With the type of asthma and mast cell disorder I have he wanted me to  get a booster since I could not remember when my last one was. I dutifully went in and got the shot. Why? Because we have a measles outbreak here in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Why? American self-proclaimed missionaries homeschooling their unvaccinated children who now have measles and have trotted through my town. Chances are slim I had any exposure but this is one of those you never know situations.

Unvaccinated resident children in a place with mandatory vaccination. In other words, this is a typical homeschooling Evangelical family trying to hide their vaccination status. I suspect the family, like other religious families here, fled the States figuring here they’d have greater control of their families without government interference. Guess again buttercup!

While in the United States measles outbreaks aren’t handled seriously here they are. The government went in and quarantined the entire family.

Whenever there is  a break out of any vaccine prevented illness the health professionals in the area want to revaccinate the vunerable population to cut their risks.

This is where it gets interesting. Here in Costa Rica, unlike the U.S.A, those mandatory vaccination laws cannot be flouted. According to A.M. Costa Rica the board for children’s health is already involved. I suspect the children are all about to be inoculated against the parent’s will. Or they will be deported and barred from the country for a minimum of ten years. If you are a permanent resident or citizen the kids would go into foster care.

Ooops! Someone’s getting vaccinated!

Here’s where this story fits here at No Longer Quivering. This is typical behavior in Quiverfull. Pick some random scientific things and proclaim it’s the worst thing ever and work really hard to make sure you don’t do it.  Make it a hill you will willingly die on while everyone else sees what you’re doing and cannot understand why. But at the same time homeschool your children so that no one official gets wind of your law breaking.

How many times have we seen this behavior go oh so horribly wrong. Like with the Turpin family. The deaths of Hanna Williams, Lydia Schatz and Sean Paddock. This is why there must be some sort of accountability for homeschooling families no matter where they live.

If the main purpose of homeschooling is for parents to get away unscathed with breaking laws you suck pretty badly as a human being. But this seems to be the main reason many homeschool in Evangelical circles.

These people seriously screwed up because homeschooling is illegal in Costa Rica along with the no vaccinations. Here until you are 14 years old you are required to attend an accredited school, be it public or private.


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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 32 years. You can read more about the author here.

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