Fathers Continually Denied Their Rights By Schools Illegally

The illegal prejudice against divorced fathers, which is scientifically proven to be harmful to children is rampant in society today. Men are genetically predispositioned to protect women. Principals, police, judges, lawyers and others take this too far by illegally denying the male parent rights that they work hard to protect for the female parent. This is totally unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. and many other laws. It is time to punish those people that are hurting children by denying fathers access.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Fairfax Board:

I am most dismayed at the allegations of the School System not permitting fathers to attend their children's school functions. This sets a very bad  precedent for children and fathers who are already having problems staying in touch with their children.
There are numerous studies which have shown the importance of fathers being involved in their children's lives both inside and outside of school.    Such denial has a lifelong impact on the child.  One such study states " NATIONAL STUDY LINKS FATHER'S INVOLVEMENT TO CHILDREN GETTING A'S IN SCHOOL FOR EMBARGOED RELEASE: October 2, 1997
According to a new national study, children do better in school when their fathers are involved in their schools, whether their fathers live with them or their mothers are also involved."  see http://nces.ed.gov/Pressrelease/father.asp . Clearly an educational organizational is failing to do its best when it denies a father's involvement. 
 The Chief of police  threatened me  with arrest at the request of my former wife at my son's graduation .  This disturbed me  that I could not personally congratulate my son on one of his major achievements and big days in his life.   I refrained from being arrested in order not to embarrass and create a scene for my son at this most important day. I am sure he was disappointed I did not congratulate him personally on his achievement. Even worse this was done on the basis of court orders which had expired, but neither the Chief or my Ex cared.
The value of a father is further supported by the federal Department of  Education.   It has threatened to withdraw all federal education  funds in Massachusetts for taking actions depriving fathers of information regarding their children in schools.  See for example Bay State ripped as divorced dad wins bid for school info  By Ann E. Donlan Wednesday, May 18, 2005  in the Boston Herald.
If I were this father I would be pursuing this route  among others.   A  new law was passed in the last month to rectify this primarily anti-father law. 
Personally I would be filing a civil rights against the county, and the police, and the principal, and the school board. As a matter of fact I am seriously considering taking such action against the principals involved in my son's high school graduation.   This type of  problem is becoming too commonplace. 
The Supreme Court has made it quite clear that a father has a right for involvement in school. A recent case was Troxel v. Granville, 530 U. S. 57 (2000):

The liberty interest at issue in this case--the interest of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children--is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by this Court. More than 75 years ago, in Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U. S. 390, 399, 401 (1923), we held that the "liberty" protected by the Due Process Clause includes the right of parents to "establish a home and bring up children" and "to control the education of their own."
I sincerely hope that you will begin treating fathers as a parent who should be involved in his child's school and activities.
J. W. Wright
Po Box 1
Markham, VA 22643
----- Original Message -----
From: Liam's Dad
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2006 7:44 AM
Subject: School still breaking the law and denying access even after court order resumes visitation


Last year the Roger Vanderhye of the Fairfax County Springhill Elementary has me arrested for attending my son's school party that the court order required my wife to invite me to. The excuse given by the school was that I didn't have visitation so couldn't attend. Not only was that view incorrect legally but I just received a letter from the school that demonstrates that visitation (or lack of it) had nothing to do with their not following the law and allowing me access to my son. 

At my most recent hearing the court ruled to resume overnight visitation with my son, and in response the school sent me a letter stating they would still not allow me to attend his events and would have me arrested again if I tried to attend. Interesting the reason cited by the superintendent for their actions disappears and yet their actions remain the same... Given they included a letter from my wife it appears they are just following her request to deny me access in spite of the district policy (based on state law) that says the school may not follow the desires of the custodial parent instead of the law or policy that requires allowing access.

The letter is posted here:

You can read more about it from these pages:

Have others had problem with the Fairfax schools restricting access to non-custodial parents? 
Can anyone help me write up something to submit to the media?

Please share your comments about Principal Vanderhye denying a handicapped student the right to have his father attend his school events with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board 

Also note that I have filed a lawsuit against Mr. Vanderhye. Of course the school is supporting him rather than firing him for his misconduct. If other NCP's have had trouble with the school let me know and perhaps we can change it to be a class action lawsuit against the district.


Liam's Dad - Wesley Smith

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
-Edmund Burke 1729-1797