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Jill Duggar praised by fans for sending son Israel to public school as she breaks more family rules

JILL Duggar has been praised by fans for deciding to send her oldest son Israel to a public school as she breaks more family rules.

The mom-of-two shared an image of her five-year-old's shopping trip to pick up his school supplies as summer comes to a close.

She captioned the photo: "Back to School shopping! It was so much fun to do it together."

Bucking Duggar tradition, Jill's son Israel will attend a school with other children his age; the Duggar children have all been home schooled.

Her fans loved that Jill was continuing to forge her own path in life and gushed over the decision on Instagram.

One fan wrote: "I hope Israel loves going to school."

While another added: "You can tell even from under his mask that he is so excited."

And a third said: "I think it's awesome you are sending him to school and going against the grain of you family values! You do you, you're doing great and following your gut."

The former reality TV star shared the shopping adventure on the family's YouTube channel, as it showed her hitting Walmart where her and husband Derrick Dillard gave Israel a list of all the supplies he needs, so that he can help them find it.

Crayons, sticky notes, construction paper and glue sticks are among the items they pick up, as Israel cheers and tells his mom he is "so happy" to start school.

Jill, 29, has become estranged from her family in recent months after she and Derickbroke away from their strict conservative values.

Derick, 31, was fired from the family's TLC show Counting On over transphobic remarks he made, and Jill later left to support him.

However, he has always maintained that he left months before the incident, and following the new season premiere, Derick has been vocal on social media against the series.

He even changed his bio to call himself a "reformed Counting On star."

The couple have distanced themselves further from the family in recent months, with Derick telling The Sun exclusively they are banned from the family compound when Jim Bob is not there.

Derick added: “I think he’s mainly worried about the influence we might have on his children.”

The father-of-two also claimed that Jim Bob had tried to force him to sign an NDA in 2019 but that "the truth" was more important, and that the show had "begged" Jill and Derick to return but they refused.

“We were humiliated and threatened when we first tried to not film," he added.

Derick said: "Now it’s not dependent on us anymore to keep the show going because more kids got married, so it’s more OK if we quit."

The famous family’s TLC show – 19 Kids and Counting – was suspended on May 22, 2015, when the Duggars' eldest son Josh publicly apologized for having "acted inexcusably" following reports that he molested five girls, including some of his sisters, by fondling them.

These events occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 to 15, and prior to the beginning of the show.

Counting On premiered seven months later, and follows the lives of the grown-up children.

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