This is what happened to a young woman who wrote about the extremely negative consequences of being homeschooled:
Just over a year ago, I almost stopped blogging. I received such negativity in response to a blog post I had written that blogging ceased to be fun. I very nearly quit, and was only able to enjoy blogging again by changing my approach to handling comment threads. What was the post I wrote that generated such a response? It was a post in I wrote about my struggles to overcome the the serious socialization problems I faced as a result of having been homeschooled.
Something else happened after that post, though. While homeschool advocates denied my experience, I also received emails from other young people who had been homeschooled. They thanked me for giving voice to their experiences. They thanked me for letting them know they weren’t the only ones with these experiences. They thanked me for speaking out. Still, it was a long time after that first post before I dared to criticize homeschooling on this blog again. The response I had gotten on that post was too triggering for me to dare repeating too soon. I still don’t write about homeschooling very often, in large part because of this.
I had the exact same experience with my post on homeschooling: a crowd of completely unhinged, nasty, abusive freaks descended on the blog, harassed me, cyberbullied me, and threatened me and my family members. I’m an adult, I don’t depend on this people in any way, so I was able to push back against them by threatening legal action.
And now imagine what happens to poor, miserable children who are completely dependent and who already are excluded from normal human interactions by their selfish, hysterical, horrible parents. Just like the blogger I quoted, I took quite some time to recover from the homeschoolers’ bullying. These people are so unhinged and stupid that they can’t tolerate a person simply expressing an opinion on her own blog. It horrifies me to imagine how they trample on their children all day and every day.
Still, as Libby Anne and I discovered, the victims of homeschooling appreciate it greatly when somebody speak out about the damage that is being done to them. When homeschoolers attacked me or Libby Anne, it wasn’t really anonymous bloggers they were trying to shut up. In our words, they recognized everything their own children wanted to say to them but never dared to. The intensity of their rage was proof that they are aware of how wrong their actions are and how abusive they are being.