Katja Lawrence established Dissident Homeschool, a neo-Nazi homeschooling network, together with her husband. (Shots from Anonymous Comrades Collective)
The racist, antisemitic, and homophobic Ohio mother who co-established and operates a neo-Nazi homeschool community with hundreds of associates also served style sites for the area Sheriff’s Office and a prosecutor’s workplace. Most not long ago, she worked at a regulation organization that specializes in protecting LGBTQ shoppers.
Katja Lawrence was unmasked earlier this week along with her partner Logan Lawrence as the co-founders of the “Dissident Homeschool” team, an online community of like-minded mom and dad who are indoctrinating their small children with Nazi ideology that is centered in Higher Sandusky, Ohio. The Ohio Section of Education verified before this week to VICE Information that it is investigating the situation.
Lawrence was born in the Netherlands wherever she acquired a regulation degree. She moved to the U.S. soon after meeting her husband at a beer pageant in Munich.
Once in the U.S., she labored a amount of distinctive work opportunities like as a internet site designer. “My title is Katja Lawrence, and I make the net glance quite,” Lawrence said on her now-deleted site, according to an archive of the website reviewed by VICE Information.
In the portfolio section of her web-site, she outlined sites she labored on for 6 diverse shoppers that she worked on, all of which are in Higher Sandusky or the bordering locations.
A single of individuals internet sites belongs to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, which is the county where the Lawrences’ live.
“We, like all respectable people, are disgusted and appalled that outliers in our group are training hatred and contempt to the most susceptible between us, our small children,” Todd Frey, Wyandot County Sheriff, wrote in a statement posted on Fb on Tuesday. The statement did not make immediate reference to the Lawrences or the “Dissident Homeschool” network, but Frey admitted in the statement that ”some of people included may perhaps have worked with or for a corporation that designed the Sheriff’s Business web-site approximately 9 yrs ago.”
On Wednesday early morning, Frey verified to VICE News that the person in problem was Katja Lawrence and that she had labored for a enterprise employed by the Sheriff’s Workplace to style its web page amongst 2012 and 2014.
“[Katja Lawrence] was by no means an worker of the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office,” Frey told VICE Information. “They have been an staff of the enterprise that designed our internet site.”
The Sheriff did not name the firm Lawrence labored with at the time, but her LinkedIn profile claims she has labored with an Higher Sandusky-primarily based software program corporation named MFCD considering that 2012. David Grafmiller, who has labored at the enterprise for three many years, verified to VICE Information that Lawrence experienced worked with his firm amongst 2012 and 2014. He stated that “just like every person else” he was amazed by the revelations this 7 days.
Katja Lawrence also created a variety of other government websites, according to the portfolio she taken care of on her web-site. People web-sites provided the Hardin County Prosecutor and Hardin Courthouse web page in neighboring Hardin County. She also built the web page for her family’s insurance policy company which is primarily based in Upper Sandusky. An employee of Lawrence Coverage declined to comment to VICE News when attained on the telephone.
Yet another site she lists on her portfolio is Shotzy’s Bar and Grill, a cafe in Upper Sandusky.
“Katja was an independent web designer that we employed to support with our web-site 8-10 yrs back,” a spokesperson for the restaurant told VICE Information. “She was in no way in our direct make use of, and we firmly oppose the beliefs [espoused in the Dissident Homeschool channel].”
Lawrence also detailed the Upper Sandusky-based mostly Ithaca Gun Firm as a consumer. The company did not instantly react to a request for comment.
Most just lately, Lawrence claims to have worked with the Obenour Authorized Group which has offices in upper Sandusky and Columbus. In accordance to her LinkedIn profile, Lawrence lists her posture with the group as “office manager and bookkeeper.”
The regulation agency lists amongst its specialities on its internet site “LGBT Law,” which include matters these as adoption, divorce, and estate planning. The Obenour Lawful Team did not react to recurring requests for comment from VICE News.