Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Home-schooled Family Harassed...

This is a disturbing report:

"According to Kris Klicka of the
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a social worker in Miami, Florida, overstepped the boundary of law when she demanded to interview a home schooler's children. He says the social worker showed up at the family's home when the father was at work -- and out of fear and intimidation, the mother let the social worker into the home to interview her children, even though the worker neither had a warrant nor would disclose why she was there.

The social worker -- according to HSLDA -- then partially stripped the children and searched them, but found nothing.

"[E]very family needs to realize that the Constitution of the United States has a Fourth Amendment that states that no one from the government can enter a home unless they have a warrant [that has been] signed by a judge," Klicka explains. "And the judge cannot sign it unless there is probable cause -- and most of the time these social workers do not have probable cause or credible evidence."

Klicka says the family is considering a civil rights lawsuit alleging the social worker broke the law by (1) entering the home and interviewing the children through intimidation; (2) not letting the family know the allegations at the initial visit; and (3) interviewing children whom the allegations did not concern."
excerpts from: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.aspx?id=323640


Standing on Truth said...

I am a homeschooling mom myself and I can't help but worry (and these articles fuel that) that with all this growing government interference and control, homeschooling won't be threatened someday soon, even in my conservative red state.

a red voice said...

Standing on Truth -- thanks for your comments, sorry it has taken me forever to get back - as a homeschooling mom with a new baby, I haven't been able to blog much lately. I agree with you & I also am worried that homeschooling will be threatened soon. In the last few months I read more and more stuff like this happening.