|Michigan looks like a mitten and is located at the top of the map.|
That's right. He's pretty smart.
And the neighbours never saw these kids for the past two years. These kids never emerged from their home, because they were homeschooling. Makes total sense, right?
Michigan State Rep. Stephanie Chang held a press conference to remind people that homeschoolers are normal people and they're not all murderous thugs keeping their kids inside for years at a time. Similar conferences have been held after terror attacks to remind citizens that every Muslim is not participating in some crazy jihad. Everybody stay calm.
Kidding. That response would have been the normal thing to do. Instead, in true "make a law to fix some weird situation that just happened and probably won't again for another 20 years" fashion, Chang just decided to make up a new law. Under her proposed regulation, homeschoolers would have to "register" and be checked twice a year to be sure they're not dead... or something. Snarky internet comments indicate that really, freezers are to blame just as much as homeschooling, so we need for everyone to have a semi-annual freezer check as well. Get ready to let the cops into your house so they can peek at your frozen pizzas, folks. :)
Update: Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov has vowed to fight this and not allow it to get out of committee. Here's his facebook page, which you can look at for more details.