Upper Sandusky, Ohio – Two White parents from a town in rural Ohio are being harassed and maliciously targeted by journalists, leftist extremists, and mainstream media pundits, all for their alleged role in running a so-called “Nazi homeschool” online.
Despite a near-constant barrage of public character assassinations, late-night television smears, and self-described obfuscations of the truth, they assert that the campaign orchestrated against them is less about exposing alleged hate, and all about fabricating a moral panic for the purpose of regulating the homeschooling industry nationwide.
The story, originally reported by Vice News, which sources information gathered from the anti-fascist “Anonymous Comrade Collective” blog and Twitter account, spread like wildfire throughout the mainstream press. Under the pseudonym, “Mr. and Mrs. Saxon,” the story of two pro-White parents seeking to shield their children from what they call “anti-White propaganda” has now proliferated across multi-billion dollar platforms like CNN, the Guardian, HuffPost, Comedy Central, scores of Jewish news websites like JNS and JTA, and has even been syndicated internationally.
Media outlets were quick to paint a picture of two uniformed members of the NSDAP teaching their kids to goosestep and commit pogroms, with Vice News’ David Gilbert bizarrely conflating the alleged material found within the homeschool lesson plans with talking points made by the Republican Party.
At other times, Gilbert seems to panic at the thought of like-minded homeschoolers “meet[ing] up in real life” in the wake of his breathless reporting. In a follow-up article, Gilbert appears upset that many locals of Upper Sandusky don’t seem to care about the story at all.
The manufactured outrage ultimately spurred an investigation by the Ohio Department of Education. Despite overwhelming coverage and nonstop hysteria, however, officials concluded that the “Saxons” never broke any laws, or did anything wrong.
“While there are certain minimum requirements for home education, the Department of Education is not involved in the excusal of a particular student from attendance in order to participate in home education,” said the Ohio Department of Education in a statement to Vice News reporter David Gilbert during a follow-up investigation. “Moreover, the district superintendent’s review of home education is limited to ensuring that the minimum educational requirements are met and that the academic assessment report shows that a child is demonstrating reasonable proficiency.”
“Parents or guardians who decide to educate their children at home are responsible for choosing the curriculum and course of study… They select the curriculum and educational materials and take responsibility for educating their children.”Ohio Department of Investigation, statement
Not content to stop there, the harassment continued its way to the small offices of nearly every regional politician who would lend an ear to the story. Journalists and leftist trolls on social media were able to intimidate local functionaries such as the Wyandot County Sheriff, (R) Todd D. Frey, Upper Sandusky Mayor, (R) Kyle McColly, Ohio State Representative, (R) Riordan T. McClain, Ohio Representative, (R) Jim Jordan, among others, in loudly denouncing two parents for their alleged role in simply teaching their children traditional values. Interestingly enough, none of the statements appeared confident enough to actually name the accused parents behind the story.
In the end, however, it wasn’t enough, and the media demanded more. Vice News‘ David Gilbert then took his inquisition online, attempting to lure everyday locals of Upper Sandusky into commenting on his reporting by spamming his articles in gated Facebook groups. Administrators, Vice reported, were quick to remove the links to his hit piece, and wisely denied him the additional denunciations he was looking for.
Instead, the “Dissident-Homeschoolers” only received praise from some users in the wake of Gilbert’s attempt to enforce compliance with his leftist agenda. One Facebook user stood up to articles being linked in their chat, calling them “a hateful and judgemental statement against a family being attacked by cowards.” Another even defended the Saxons themselves, asserting, “at best, [the journalists and researchers] identified someone who has an educational focus on cultural heritage and race-pride.”
Despite dozens of attempts by the mainstream media to contact the enigmatic “Saxons” for comment or interview, not a single outlet was able to speak with them on the record. Until now.
At their request, the Justice Report traveled to Upper Sandusky, Ohio, to conduct an exclusive one-on-one interview with the alleged “Mr. and Mrs. Saxon.” Two Christian parents, who, in the face of mounting top-down pressure from forces much larger—and infinitely more wealthy—stand defiant against what they call an “ugly, disgusting, intimidation tactic” against working-class White people and their innocent kids.
An Interview With the ‘Saxons’
Our trip to Upper Sandusky, Ohio to meet the alleged “Dissident-Homeschoolers” was about as uneventful as the town itself. The long stretches of road which occasionally bobbed and weaved through the molehills of upper Ohio took us through tracks of leafless buckeye trees and across fields and farmland as far as the eye could see.
Once we arrived at the town itself, a place notable for only two major events in recent memory—the alleged homeschooling “scandal” as well as a brutal killing of a White girl at the hands of an Ethiopian migrant a few weeks prior—one quality outshined all others: its rustic quaintness.
In Upper Sandusky, concepts like small businesses, polite people, and orderly lines of traffic were still a thing to behold. When compared to big cities like New York—whose corporate media had propagated the false notion that two everyday Ohioans were working to subvert the American values of their forefathers—Upper Sandusky appeared to exist in a time capsule of normalcy that had once been taken for granted in America but is increasingly out of reach for most.
Finally, we met with the people claiming to be Mr. and Mrs. Saxon. Classified by Antifa as the “most horrible people in the world,” we converged at an undisclosed location, far from the prying eyes and ears of hostile journalists looking for their next smear. While we wanted to know all about the allegations surrounding them and the oppression they faced from a vengeful elite, they were all too eager to start our interview from the beginning.
“We decided to homeschool because of many factors with the public school system, primarily the curriculum. The system, in our opinion, is very anti-White and we just wanted a positive image for our kids,” said Mr. Saxon, a man defiantly enraged at the kinds of rhetoric being spread online about his family. “They just were not teaching the kids the fundamentals of math and language arts, and that is nine-tenths of why we started homeschooling.”
“We wanted our kids to have a good foundational knowledge of math, language arts, and reading, and that was very important to me,” said Mrs. Saxon, a woman who, in the middle of what could only be described as a soft-power intimidation campaign, remained demure and truly polite. “We discovered that after four years of public school for our eldest and then one year of fancy private school, she was still struggling with mathematics.”
“Every time I brought it up at a parent-teacher meeting the teachers would say, ‘Oh, but she’s so nice, don’t worry about it.’ At the end of the school year, I would plead with every one of these teachers to fail her. Hold her back a year, but they kept denying me because they didn’t want her to lose her friends,” she claimed.
“Public school failed the kids. The teachers were nice, and I really liked them on a personal level, but just because I like you does not mean I want you educating my kids, especially not when they’re failing.”Mrs. Saxon
But a lack of quality teaching was not the only reason for the Saxon’s departure from the public school system. According to them, it was growing violence, personal safety concerns, and exposure to sexual activity that also sparked a retreat to a homeschooled learning environment for their children.
“On my daughter’s last day at public school, one of the teachers walked a student out. As she held onto his backpack and gave him to the father, she angrily said, ‘Here you go,’ explained Mrs. Saxon. “I asked my daughter what that was about and she said he threw a chair at the teacher today. There is no reason for me to expose my kids to violence when I can produce a better, safer learning environment for my kids all on my own.”
“The school shooting phenomena certainly was a concern, but also all of the low-level violence and intimidation in schools like bullying. We’re now in this modern era where the bullies aren’t the normal kids, the normal kids are the ones being bullied,” said Mr. Saxon. “It’s the kids that fit somewhere on the totem pole of diversity and lifestyle choices, and they get to rule the roost, and it has a negative effect on normal kids. We didn’t want this for our children. We didn’t want them to have to adapt to the current social regime that is enforced horizontally on them in schools.”
“Our middle school has reportedly had incidents of kids having sex inside the hallways. Middle school! While I want my kids to be able to make their own choices, I want to shield them from certain things. I want my kids to grow up to be straight, married, and Christian. That’s what I want for my kids, and I’m going to do anything to make that happen,” said Mrs. Saxon.
“Every institution in society is making carve-outs for everyone except people who just want to live their lives on a traditional, normal basis. It’s anti-White, anti-normal oppression,” Mr. Saxon continued. “Every people has a right to exist, and ours is not up for negotiation. In public school, they [children] are taught that it is up for negotiation.”
The solution to the Saxon’s myriad issues with the public school system was simple: to take their children out of the class and do the hard work of education by themselves. But while many parents across the United States prepare a homeschool learning environment—approximately 3.7 million according to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)—very few actually take up the task of assisting others with their own homeschool journeys like the Saxons.
“I had such a hard time getting started with homeschooling, and I just wanted to make it easier for others. So we went online with it,” she explained. “But after trying different readers from different companies, we finally built up our curriculum from different sources. When you first start homeschooling, there’s so much you’re thinking of. You have this insecurity. It’s just a lot, and I had a hard time at first.”
Mr. Saxon then went on to explain how their now-shuttered Telegram channel, Dissident-Homeschool, was smeared and mischaracterized by the elite in big cities as a hub of toxic racism fomenting in the rural mid-west. According to him, the claims were as laughable as they were downright wrong.
“We had about 2200 followers on Telegram. This is a siloed-off part of the internet that the general public isn’t even looking at,” he went on. “It’s just people with similar interests as us—from all over the world, mind you—but these journalists are making it out like we’re part of some secretive cabal. But it’s just a chatroom and a Telegram channel. It’s totally blown out of proportion.”
“The chat was so wholesome too! It was mostly homeschooling moms that were lifting each other up when things got difficult,” explained Mrs. Saxon. “Being a homeschooling parent is a very hard job, and there’s a lot to do. It’s not easy—easy would be to send your kids to public school and just hope they’d be alright.”
The homemade, custom unit studies—like those that the media had focused all their attention on—were actually only a “small fraction” of the total curriculum.
“It’s misleading because they [the media] say we have a whole curriculum, but that’s not what we’ve created. We have about ten unit studies total and disperse them throughout the whole school year,” she asserted. “Our unit studies typically only take up five school days, about one hour each. Compared to the rest of the material we use, it’s a very small fraction of what we teach our kids from over-the-counter lesson plans you can buy. Our own unit studies, like those we made which teach the story of Johnny Appleseed or the Vikings, for instance, are really just like fun extras.”
“We’re obliged to up to 900 hours of education for the school year, and let’s be generous, out of those 900 hours only 28 are spent on our own, homebrewed, unit studies. We have eight total unit studies that we’ve made and shared online. So out of the thousands of pages that compose our entire curriculum, our own unit studies only make up about one hundred and fifty pages of teachable material.”Mrs. Saxon
After obtaining several different Dissident-Homeschool lesson plans online, the Justice Report was able to verify many of the claims being made by the alleged Mr. and Mrs. Saxon. Their unit studies—which were drummed up to look like something out of 1930s Germany by an agenda-driven media apparatus—appeared to be nothing more than small, 10-30 page collections of painstakingly researched, extremely wholesome, and at times, simply mundane retellings of average things a child should be taught. Some unit studies even had the foresight to contain trigger warnings for culturally or spiritually sensitive parents.
Lessons like the story of Johnny Appleseed, the history of the Vikings, and a positive outlook on the discoveries of Christopher Colombus are all things a parent could expect to see under the “Dissident-Homeschool” lesson plan; lessons which appeared light on “extremism” and heavy with factual information. The Justice Report has supplied the above unit study as an example for readers to judge for themselves.
Alongside the unit studies, the Saxons also released fun tips, ideas, and techniques to help a parent/teacher get through the average homeschooled day. Things like recipes for fresh apple pies, fun activities to keep children engaged, and even recommended daily schedules for students, breaking down their school day into easily trackable units.
While none of the Dissident-Homeschool itineraries contained marching drills or the basics of skull measuring, the media instead focused on a seemingly narrow selection of pointed quotes, homebrewed podcast appearances, and posts made to a globally public Telegram channel, all to fuel their war for homeschool regulation.
School House: Rocked
Then, right at the height of the channel’s online popularity, a downpour of negative press began seeping in from all corners of the internet and beyond. From Twitter to Vice News, from HuffPost to the Daily Show, a couple of rural parents were suddenly being targeted as the butt of cruel jokes, the focus of every “deep concern,” and the recipient of violent and credible threats online.
“When we found out about all this, it was disconcerting, to say the least,” said Mr. Saxon. “It was just a whole menagerie of things being taken out of context and cherrypicked over years of chats in our comment section. This content that we made and the things people were saying was now being taken by big-time media personalities and online leftists to define us as people.”
Their concerns that leftists and other parties had infiltrated their public chatroom and were organizing to leak comments and manufacture outrage over a minuscule portion of their homeschooling curriculum were certainly not unfounded.
Anti-fascists, commonly referred to as “Antifa,” have long been known to infiltrate right-wing spaces to sow discord, collect information, promote infighting, engage in bad-faith arguments to split up communities, or even facilitate an environment in which a conversation gets shut down altogether.
In some cases, Antifa openly admits that when it comes to combating “fascism,” these kinds of strategies are all fair game. Take, for instance, Gwen Snyder, a Philadelphia-based Antifa talking head who once encouraged her leftist followers to “spam their chats with nonsense content” and “go in there and pretend to be one of them.” Even some non-political Telegram channels, like those that host discussions about the Covid -19 pandemic, have reported cases of Antifa infiltration in the past. They claim that the goal of these infiltrators is to gather intelligence and get these chatrooms shut down, expose identities, and prevent discussion amongst their political opposition.
“We were dragged through the mud. Our chatroom was being monitored and cherry-picked, and we were deliberately made to look very unappealing,” decried Mrs. Saxon. “A lot of people, unfortunately, completely went with the false narrative.”
The Saxons believe that after infiltrating their public chatroom and poisoning the well, the deadly terror organization then supplied information to politically sympathetic journalists by way of lengthy, dishonest Twitter threads and shady online blogs. Once a “source” had been established—no matter how unverified or discredited the source may be—it then created a path for mainstream media to launder the information and churn near-endless headlines about the Saxons, all for the purpose of drumming up outrage in an attempt to push for homeschool regulation, a common leftist political issue.
“But make no mistake,” said Mr. Saxon. “This is not just some leak or exposé of private information. This is an attack. We’re getting attacked by a vicious, anti-White criminal organization called Antifa alongside major news publications. They’re taking two normal people and doing their best to grind us under their boot and string us up as an example so they can make political points against homeschooling in favor of an anti-White regime. Our ‘crime’ is that we just don’t want to be a part of that. That’s all.”
“They want to short-circuit people’s ability to teach their kids and instill pro-White values. They’re going through every extra-judicial means to get us to bend the knee,” he explained.
While the Saxons were being lambasted by those out in public, in private, the attacks, Mr. Saxon alleges, were just as relentless and annoying. “The journalists have harassed us nonstop with phone calls and requests. They’ve harassed anyone and everyone in close proximity to us just to make us feel the heat. But it’s not working.”
“The way the journalists have treated us is nothing short of harassment. They’ve harassed us incessantly with phone calls, and when they don’t get the reaction they’re looking for from the public, they just publish more articles in desperation. It’s just an ugly, disgusting intimidation technique,” said Mrs. Saxon. “We’ve always been very private people and our educational choices have been leveraged against our will to not only attack the institution of homeschooling itself but also to grind us for ‘stepping out of line.'”
Not all media outlets were quick to follow the lead of publications like the anti-White Vice or the scandal-ridden HuffPost. When it came to far more credible publications like the New York Times, Associated Press, or Reuters, the story went completely ignored.
Even Axios, who originally published the story but quickly retracted it after its initial release, wisely took the story down, albeit, the reasons for the retraction remain unknown. The sudden move has raised questions from members on both sides of the political spectrum, angered antifascists, and casts doubt on the validity of the original reporting surrounding the story overall.
“The national media comes out to put pressure on innocent people and those that are weak jump on the bandwagon without a second thought. They make it sound like all we do is teach hatred to our kids, which is so far from the truth,” added Mrs. Saxon. “We don’t teach hatred to our children. What they hate, if anything, are fractions and long division.”
The Saxons were also aghast at claims being made that they were at the top of an Ohio-based organization that works to brainwash children. “We have no organization that’s based here in Ohio. That’s just a ridiculous notion,” ensured Mr. Saxon. “What we had was an obscure Telegram account with no reach. The lengths that they have gone to portray this as some nefarious plot to ‘destroy the nation’s youth’ or whatever is beyond farfetched. It’s ‘hair-on-fire’ paranoia.”
Other homeschooling parents appeared to confirm Mr. Saxon’s claims. According to Deborah Gerth, leader of the Ohio Homeschooling Parents social media group, fellow members researched the “Dissident-Homeschool” group on Telegram and were able to confirm that many of the subscribed users weren’t even from the United States.
“…members of the group looked into the 2,500 members of the “Dissident-Homeschool” group on the social network Telegram and concluded that many of the members don’t live in the United States.”CityBeat.com
“This is right up there with the FBI making certain Catholic groups out to be ‘white supremacist’ monsters in the making,” he added. “This is just another op made on a right-wing community, and we just happen to be the ones being targeted now.”
Mr. Saxon was of course referring to the recent leak of an internal FBI report that scrupulously detailed the Bureau’s plan to spy on Americans under the guise of self-described “mitigation opportunities.” By infiltrating the Catholic church, they believe they can ‘deradicalize’ those with right-wing tendencies, or at the very least, keep tabs on them through confidential informants lined up in the pews. The strategy, which some have called a return to Cold War era COINTELPRO operations, is often used against nationalists, black-power organizations, and militant leftist groups in order to hamper their momentum.
“Hostile actors in the media, online—and who knows where else—have painted a picture of us, and that is precisely what they are paid to do,” he said.
The Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Despite universal condemnation, the Saxons made it clear they were not going to sit back and take the abuse without a fight. Looking for solidarity amongst the greater homeschooling community, the alleged Mr. and Mrs. Saxon then claimed that they turned to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) for assistance, but to their surprise, were immediately denied membership.
“Once the local institutions began to issue their condemnations, I tried to join the HSLDA. When you first sign up, you have to disclose if you’re involved in a legal conflict, and I answered no because I wasn’t. At all. We aren’t to this day,” she explained. “Within hours of having joined, however, they emailed me back the very same day, asserting that we were in some kind of legal trouble. Our application was denied, and they refunded us the fee. They sent us a letter in the mail, too.”
According to the HSLDA’s website, the homeschool advocacy group fights for parents’ “freedom to homeschool and offer[s] support for every stage of your homeschool journey.” But when it came to Mr. and Mrs. Saxon’s own desires to instill a pro-White education, the HSLDA’s tough talk on advocacy seemed to vanish into thin air. The HSLDA even took it so far as to publicly condemn the Saxons, just as loudly as the public officials that drove them to the HSLDA in the first place.
In fact, the HSLDA’s hypocrisy continued to become clear when a post surfaced on their official Instagram page, which appeared to promote, and even encourage, Black families’ right to teach a pro-Black education at home. If instilling pro-Black values via a homeschool curriculum was not only okay but promoted by the HSLDA, why couldn’t a family teach and instill a pro-White set of values? According to Mrs. Saxon, it’s because they’re “cowards.”
“We have been trusted for over 35 years to care for homeschooling families as we safeguard their freedom and secure the future of home education.”HSLDA Mission Statement
“The HSLDA says they are there to protect homeschoolers, but they don’t. It’s okay to support people that proudly identify with their black heritage, but when it comes to those who are even tepidly proud of their White, European heritage, they’re just ‘filthy racists.’ They immediately condemned us. They’re cowards,” said Mrs. Saxon.
The Ethiopian in the Room
While disappointing news, joining a legal defense organization would have ultimately proved ineffective against one of the Saxon’s most pressing fears in the wake of media-imposed terror. According to Mrs. Saxon, what she fears most is physical violence directed at her children by agitated leftists consuming the “hair-on-fire” narratives put forth by the media machine.
“There’s a group of people that are out there, online, threatening people and children. Dozens of credible threats are being made on Twitter by Antifa,” she explained. “But what am I supposed to do? Sit back and act like they have the moral high ground over me? Not a chance. We’re just trying to raise our kids in a system that wants to disadvantage them at every opportunity, and they’re better than me? Absolutely not.”
Fortunately, the Saxons confirmed with the Justice Report that so far, no one had approached them or made any actionable threats in person. Considering the violent atmosphere currently fomenting across America, however, even places like sleepy Upper Sandusky don’t feel 100% safe.
Prior to the story of the Saxons and their alleged “Nazi Homeschool,” the biggest story in Upper Sandusky was that of 22-year-old White newlywed, Keris L. Riebel, a young woman who was allegedly hacked to death by a machete-wielding Ethiopian man on New Year’s Day.
Thanks to the Saxons, coverage of what could be argued as 2023’s worst act of anti-White barbarity to date has been conveniently memory-holed. A google search of the town “Upper Sandusky, Ohio” will net the average user dozens and dozens of articles on “nazi homeschooling” and very few, if any, local reports about the late Keris Riebel.
In fact, prior to the savage killing of Riebel, a murder hadn’t taken place in Upper Sandusky in over twenty years. The irony of the situation was not lost on Mr. Saxon. “The superintendent, the mayor, the sheriff, all of these people have come out to say that they are ‘aware of people spreading dangerous ideologies.’ All of these politicians and bureaucrats who have come out to comment on this; that is simply not their job!”
“On the 1st of January, Bekele the Ethiopian hacked to death that girl at Dollar Tree, and all it’s done is animate the whole town,” said Mrs. Saxon. “The sheriff didn’t release a statement condemning the acts of Bekele hacking to death a White girl, but they do release a statement condemning us!”
Wyandot Sheriff Todd D. Frey was one of the first officials to publically denounce the Saxons after news of the Dissident-Homeschool story was brought to his attention via social media. While the Upper Sandusky Police Department, partnered with the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, still cannot find a motive for the weeks-old machete killing, Frey was able to communicate with confidence via official memorandum that he personally felt “disgusted and appalled” by something he happened to see on social media.
Despite the denunciation, Frey continues to be one of many public officials who hesitate to actually name the people accused. The Justice Report reached out to Sheriff Frey, as well as Mayor Kyle McColley, to ask them if it was customary for their offices to comment on the private behavior of their constituents, who, according to State education officials, never broke any laws. They’ve both refused to respond to our inquiries.
“It’s very telling that every institution is tripping over themselves to denounce us, but for an Ethiopian who has been here in this town for only four months, to receive more kindness and understanding over his machete killing five blocks from our home is downright outrageous,” said Mr. Saxon. “The terms that they used to describe this guy have actually been far more even-handed than how they refer to us in their articles.”
In order to get a feeling for how the average person in Upper Sandusky felt about the homeschooling “scandal” ripping across their small town, the Justice Report went to a local tavern where the average opinion appeared to be overwhelmingly in favor of the accused Saxons. As it turns out, the story barely seemed to register with them.
The current events that they actually cared about seem to range anywhere from soaring inflation, the alleged “Democratic infiltration” of their local newspaper, all the way to the explosion of non-English speaking Puerto Rican immigrants being bussed in to work at a local automotive plant. The names of those we spoke to, however, are being withheld due to concerns about their safety and media blowback.
“I know them,” assured one older resident of Upper Sandusky, who claimed his family had lived in the small Ohio town for generations. “It sounds like they’re getting a bad rap, and to be honest, even if they were doing what the news is saying, who cares?”
“When that killing happened at Dollar Tree it tore us apart,” said another man who claimed he worked as a long haul trucker but hung his hat in Upper Sandusky. “Where were all these people when that [African] attacked? Why was he even here?”
By now, the Saxons had seen it all. Having been the sole targets of a coordinated political terror campaign waged by street-level Antifa, mainstream journalists, Black comedians, and even their own elected officials, the resulting harassment has only tempered the young family like steel and produced what appeared to us like a harder, tougher version of your average homeschooling parents. They felt as if they were no longer merely self-described “Dissident-Homeschoolers.”
Now, they were defiant.
When we asked the alleged Mr. and Mrs. Saxon if there was anything that the media or local institutions could do or say to get them to stop homeschooling or instilling pro-White values in their children, Mrs. Saxon soberly replied, “No. It has only made me stronger. I am deeply committed to giving my kids a positive, pro-White education.”