Invisible Children

Budde Lee Clark

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

6 year old Budde Lee Clark was brutally beaten to death by his stepmother, Robin Gosnell. Gosnell lived in North Carolina and homeschooled the 6 year old and her 13 year old son, although she apparently did not actually educate either child. Officials said she had homeschooled—carefully following registration requirements—in order to hide the children away and control them.

Date: January 1997
Location: Cleveland, North Carolina

Documents: Date:
Home Schooled Child Got No Education 1997-02-18
Child’s Death Raises Questions about Home Schooling 1997-02-18
Report: Stepmother Accused of Beating Stepson to Death Abused Home School Laws 1997-02-18