Timberlane School Board Member Compares All Homeschoolers to Horrific Abusers

by Kimberly Morin

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On Friday, a disturbing post was made on social media by an actual school board member in the Timberlane Regional School district. Peter Bealo, who is listed as “Board Chair” for Timberlane/Plaistow, posted a photo of the horrific story about abuse in California, then tried to attribute that behavior to all homeschoolers.

The post has since been removed but not after many parents saw it and expressed their shock and anger over such a horrifying statement:

This particular snapshot was posted in the Speak Out Timberlane Facebook group. It was originally posted in the Friends of Education at Timberlane Facebook group where it was promptly deleted by an administrator.

Fellow school board member Donna Green commented on Bealo’s post on the School Choice for NH Facebook page. While Green rightfully admonished his post, she then went on to add that homeschoolers should have more laws in place to regulate them, which means she, herself, is also painting homeschooling with a broad and negative brush:

Donna M. Green Peter Bealo is a long-serving member of the Timberlane Regional School Board representing Plaistow. He is also a member of SAU 55’s board but he is not chairman or vice chairman of either of these boards and please don’t give him a promotion. His post was ugly and was taken down by the page moderator within an hour of its posting. Mr. Bealo has not apologized. I, personally, have a lot of respect for the homeschooling movement but do feel that this article, in its horrific extreme, does bring up the question of some annual oversight, review, inspection, something that many feel is intrusive. This was supposedly registered as a private school. Schools certainly should be subject to inspection by public officials.

Bealo responded to a request for a comment with the following statement:

Not much to say actually.

The article I posted mentioned how nobody saw those kids in quite a while. Also mentioned they were home schooled. While homeschooling didn’t CAUSE that alledged abuse, in was an enabler for keeping the kids out sight. Inside public schools teachers, aids, etc see the kids routinely and there have been published cased where they noticed signs of abuse and had the authorities notified to check up on it. I believe we are eliminating that check.

I would feel better about the NH bill if some sort of testing/meeting with local school district or even DoE occurred periodically.

What is disturbing about these comments from both Bealo and Green is the sheer ignorance about homeschooling. A study was conducted in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding “factors related to abuse and child neglect.” The study found the following:

According to this government report, there are a few demographic groups who are known to be at a higher risk for abuse than the rest of the populace. Home educators were not included in this list. There is no known predisposition for abuse among those who choose to home educate their children.

To suggest that parents who are investing their own time and resources to teach their own children at home is a “red flag” for potential abuse, is to suggest that what we need in our culture is less parental involvement in education, when all research available to us resoundingly reinforces the fact that we need far more.

Of course, both Bealo and Green seem to think children who attend public schools are somehow safer than those who are homeschooled. Once again, they are incorrect:

The U.S. Department of Education has published a report on “Educator Sexual Misconduct.” It reveals that over 10% of students experienced some kind of sexual misconduct in their high school years in public school.

“This analysis (Shakeshaft, 2003) indicates that 9.6 percent of all students in grades 8 to 11 report contact and/or noncontact educator sexual misconduct that was unwanted. 8.7 percent report only noncontact sexual misconduct and 6.7 percent experienced only contact misconduct. (These total to more than 9.6 percent because some students reported both types of misconduct.) Of students who experienced any kind of sexual misconduct in schools, 21 percent were targets of educators, while the remaining 79 percent were targets of other students.” (Educator Sexual Misconduct)

Painting any demographic with a broad brush is never appropriate. In this case, it’s unconscionable. Parents in the Timberlane/Plaistow region have every right to be angry about these comments, whether they homeschool their children or not.

The California case is one of the most horrific examples of child abuse to be reported in years. Comparing all homeschoolers to these disturbing parents is egregious and disgusting.  Will Bealo next compare all parents to these people?

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  • mrwonderful

    I currently have a kid who’s a freshman who was home-schooled ’til high school. He is an absolute delight in the classroom. A brilliantly talented and smart as a tack kid who I hope to enjoy having as a student for the next four years. That being said, I’ve also had some formerly home-schooled kids who were horrendously under-educated, lagging behind their peers, and extremely socially awkward. Home schooled children are no better – and no worse, than privately schooled children, publicly schooled children, or religiously schooled children. None of the types of schooling are inherently “bad.” There are as many different outcomes for all of these types of students as there different home/family situations, socio-economic backgrounds, etc, etc, etc. Frankly I can’t believe Mr. Bealo had the nerve to post something like this. Are there no students at Timberlane who were formerly home-schooled. Based on my experience, that cannot be the case. So in effect he was dissing SOME of the students/parents in the Timberlane system. SMH.

    • Kimberly Kma Morin

      You’re really starting to scare me…. this is like the third time we’ve agreed on something… 🙂

      • mrwonderful

        Did I mention the field trip I chaperoned to the police range where students got trigger time with 9 mm pistol, AR-15 and 12 gauge shotgun? Shooting at official B-29 silhouette targets?

        • Kimberly Kma Morin

          NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ed Naile

    It figures its Timberlane.
    So this guy wants to compare child abuse in home school situations with public school child abuse.
    First of all, this Cali. creep will do time, unlike many public school teachers who abuse kids and are transferred or slip away unscathed.
    Belo is like Harvey Weinstein arguing against the Olympics doctor.
    Luckily, he has no vote on the schoolboard.
    The little sports tyrant runs the place.

  • Radical Moderate

    So if I was a warden at a polling location and I had made public statements on how I believed Democrats were guilty of politically poisoning their children with their infantile naive attitude and anti-white dogma I would bet a million dollars I would be immediately be let go by the election supervisors.
    The question is why does this jerk still have any influence over children?
    Why haven’t the authorities fired him for these slanderous statements against taxpayers?

    • Kimberly Kma Morin

      They say they can’t. He’s up for re-election in March. Voters will need to be reminded of this. Of course, he COULD have some class and resign. He never even apologized for this horrific comparison.

    • Ed Naile

      Unions help keep creeps in place in government schools.
      If the California kidnapper was in the “kidnapper union” they would defend him.
      He simply picked the wrong venue to trap kids in.

      • mrwonderful

        Ed, I reiterate . . . the last time we had a “creep” like that in our school, he got fired. And no, our union didn’t lift a finger to protect him.

  • 175jfs

    Peter Bealo is prefers an unaccountable School system at SAU55 Timberlane, and wants NO controls on spending.
    When you’re faced with declining enrollment, a bloated administrative staff, and 11% tax increase (due the schools), the one highest paid superintendents in the state, and turning out functional idiots, you have to have find a villain to take the heat off.
    To Bealo that’s home schooling.
    RESIGN BEALO, you’re embarrassment to the taxpayers.

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