Is that a suspicious move?
As Home School Legal Defense Association member Mrs. Swanson* was in the midst of loading up her furniture to move to another state, a neighbor called the local child protective services agency and reported that her house was a mess. Mrs. Swanson was upstairs packing when a social worker and police officer arrived at the house. Seeing that the front door had been taken off of its hinges in order to move some larger pieces of furniture outside, the social worker and police officer boldly walked right into the member's living room, calling her name.
Mrs. Swanson hurried downstairs only to be confronted about the condition of the house. She explained to the social worker that she was moving to another state and that the house was not normally in such a state of upheaval. In addition, the officer mentioned a report that there were no toilet facilities in the house, which was false. When Mrs. Swanson refused to provide her new address upon demand, the pair left.
Mrs. Swanson then contacted HSLDA. We called the social worker to explain that the allegations were false and that the social worker had no right to enter the home without consent. The investigation has not been pursued any further, and HSLDA is confident that the allegations will be dropped.
-- Christopher J. Klicka
*Name changed to protect family's privacy.
Note: See HSLDA social services contact policy.