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Is Home school right for you?

14 year old Glorianna says she can ask as many questions as she wants 14 year old Glorianna says she can ask as many questions as she wants
For 27 years Debby Sapp has been a home school mom For 27 years Debby Sapp has been a home school mom
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some parents may turn to home schooling as a result of the Connecticut school attack. The number of students being taught at home is rising in this country.  But it is a major commitment that's not right for every family.

Acts of violence, like the mass shooting in Connecticut have some parents looking at other education options.

"They could of been at the mall, they could of been at the movie theatre, but the fact that it was where children were meant to be," said home schooling Mom Debby Sapp.

Three percent of American students -- about 1.5 million children -- are home schooled, and that number is expected to rise every year. "Often it's a passing thought, because it is a commitment to home school," Sapp said.

For 27 years Debby Sapp has been a home school mom. She's been able to teach her children how she wants, without any restrictions.

"I think it is very, very, very sad, children are told not to have anything to do with God, but when something tragic happens."

Her 14 year old daughter Glorianna says she can ask as many questions as she wants and she knows how to defend herself too. "In our home school group, we are learning about gun safety, so if a shooter was to come in we would know how to pick up a gun and handle it correctly," she said.

She says after a school shooting or other act of violence it's common to get more inquiries from interested parents, but the most common reasons people choose to teach their kids themselves are religion, socialization, and academics. "It is I'm going to help you learn, but more importantly I'm going to build a relationship between me and you."

She says she sees one major problem in schools. "I think shootings like this should send a wakeup call to students, teachers, and principals... those in charge of schools... that we do need God back in schools."

If you are on the fence about home schooling your children, make sure to do your research before you decide. More than 300 children in Dougherty County are home-schooled.

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