Alecia Pennington, 19, recently uploaded a video on YouTube in which she claims that her parents neglected to file any type of legal record of her birth, social security number or other type of government papers regarding her identity.
Pennington says in the video (below) that there are no school records of her because she was homeschooled. Additionally, Pennington says she was never taken to a hospital and has no medical records.
Pennington claims she has nothing to prove her identity or U.S. citizenship.
Because she has no ID, Pennington says she can't get a driver's license, go to college, travel on an airplane, obtain a bank account, vote or find employment.
Pennington adds that her parents have refused to help her prove her identification. In the video and on her Facebook page, she asks people for their ideas for establishing identification.
Pennington's mother, Lisa, who reportedly runs a website called ThePenningtonPoint.com, disputed her daughter's claims on the Facebook page of Homeschoolers Anonymous, which posted the video.
Lisa allegedly wrote: "The video is untrue. Maybe you should check your facts before just believing what you see online."
The Friendly Atheist quoted Lisa from a blog posting that she allegedly wrote in 2014, but has been blocked from public view:
On Wednesday, September 24th my life was changed forever. My 18 year old daughter left home. She gave us no warning, no signs that it was coming. She didn’t try to talk to us about it or work with us. She, with the help of my parents, just left. And with her she took pieces of my heart that had been torn to shreds. I cried harder that day than I ever knew was possible. So hard that it scared my little boys and I had to go in my closet and put a pillow over my face to muffle the sobs.
We have spent the past 11 days trying to make head or tails out of what happened. Why did she leave? How can we help her? What will happen next?
We got no real answers. Only more confusion as some of the circumstances unfolded. We discovered that my parents had been planning this with her without telling us (as you can imagine, an additional part of my grief is not only the loss of my daughter but the total end of the relationship with my parents). We also learned that she has been telling exaggerated stories about what is going on inside our home to a godless woman who has been giving her foolish counsel and encouraging her to deceive us and get out.