M E M O R A N D U M
From: Michael J. Merritt, USN Retired/Writer
PO BOX 187
Newton, IA 50208
To: U.S. Department of Education
Info: Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, State of Montana
Subject: Parental Concerns Regarding Flathead High School’s (Montana) violation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974)
Sir or Ma’am:
I am a non-custodial parent that lives in a different location than the school that my children attend. My children have been concealed from me for the last 4 years while their Mother has violated numerous court orders. I located them in Whitefish, Montana approximately 6 months ago. Upon reaching out to Whitefish High School, Montana for their records to turn them over to San Diego East County Superior Court (CA) who has jurisdiction of my Family Court Case (a court case including parental interference/child abduction across 3 states) my children’s Mother relocated them to Flathead High School according to the records provided by Whitefish High School’s lawyer. I requested my children’s records at this school formally on 09 DEC 2020 providing birth certificates and a picture of my government identification. Flathead High School of Kalispell Public Schools in Flathead County, Montana is refusing to provide my children’s records to me and the 45-day requirement to provide records passed on 23 JAN 2021. Kalispell Public Schools is telling me that I have to provide a custodial plan or prove I have rights to my children when the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974) does not specify that requirement, and there have been no court documents or court orders stipulating that I don’t have a right to these records or my children. I am in the process of filing contempt paperwork against the Mother of my children for nearly 3 dozen counts of perjury and violations of several court orders. I am also filing contempt paperwork against my children’s court-appointed Minor’s Counsel for not performing their jobs per California Rules of the Court 5.242. Superintendent Hill is stipulating that since I am not listed as a parent on their school registration documents I do not qualify to have access. However, in my analysis of this situation based upon the fact I am not listed on my children’s school registration and I have communicated to this district’s staff I have been denied information about every part of my children’s lives for 4 years. What Mr. Hill is utilizing as a validating point for not providing my children’s educational records to me is actually evidence of possible abuse and neglect on the Mother’s part while denying the children in her custody the ability to have a relationship with their Father and her refusal to include me in their life and school activities. Evidence this Superintendent should be reporting to his states Child Protective Services per Montana Code not conspiring with the parent in the child abduction and concealment that she has executed for the last 4 years. I am requesting guidance and further documentation regarding the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974), as this superintendent is refusing to follow the requirements communicated in Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974) and communicated to me over the phone while I tried to articulate the facts regarding Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974) requirements, “Sue Me”.
Michael J. Merritt, USN Retired/Writer
Information Warfare Specialist
Information Systems Manager
PO BOX 187
Newton, IA 50208
Correspondence submitted to FERPA Help Desk and Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, State of Montana through electronic mail.
Publishing Transparency: Correspondence originally published to Facebook on 27 January 2021. Correspondence reformatted for publishing at Rampart Phoenix and redistribution through certified mail on 19 February 2021