ORLANDO, Fla. – A teenager who said she ran away from her Ohio home to Florida because she feared physical harm for converting from Islam to Christianity could be closer to returning to her home state.
A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman said Tuesday that the agency filed documentation that confirms 17-year-old Rifqa Bary could continue her education through a Florida virtual school even if she were sent back to Ohio.
Earlier this month, a Florida judge said he planned to send her back to Ohio. Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson said he will sign an order when he gets documents on Rifqa Bary's immigration status as well as papers showing her education at an online Florida high school won't be interrupted.
No date was set for her return.