False allegations refuted
Investigating allegations that Mr. and Mrs. W's children were not in school, a social worker recently visited a Home School Legal Defense Association member family's home.
When the social worker arrived at the door, Mr. W immediately called HSLDA. We asked the social worker for the specific allegations. She enumerated truancy, physical neglect, and unsafe living conditions.
HSLDA explained Mr. and Mrs. W's constitutional rights and then addressed the truancy allegation-pointing out that the W family was home schooling in compliance with Missouri law. The social worker quickly dropped the truancy portion of the investigation, but insisted upon probing the other allegations.
We suggested that Mr. and Mrs. W attempt to satisfy the social worker's concerns without an intrusive, possibly traumatic home inspection and private interviews of the children. First, we advised Mr. and Mrs. W to have their children examined by their family pediatrician, who assured the social worker in a letter that they all had a clean bill of health.
Then, a police officer friend examined the house and reported to the social worker that there were no unsafe conditions.
After HSLDA supplied the social worker with this information, the W family had no further contact from her.
Late breaking news!
Every Missouri home school family needs to know that the old rule stating every home school year starts July 1 and ends June 30 is gone as a result of a recent court case. (See Active Cases)
- Scott A. Woodruff