John and Tiffany Loudermilk and their five children are a pretty ordinary homeschooling family. So how did they end up in a civil rights case that’s being appealed to the Supreme Court? HSLDA Senior Counsel Jim Mason has the story, this week on Home School Heartbeat.
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I’m here today with HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris to talk about an important case that HSLDA is working on. Mike, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today.
Thanks Jim, it’s good to be with you.
Mike, in January, we asked the United State Supreme Court to take a case. What’s that case about?
Well, it ultimately asks this question: when parents are told by social workers and police officers, “if you don’t let us in your house, we’re going to take you kids.” Is the consent to enter the house that follows free and voluntary, or is it being coerced?
Well Mike, tell our listeners a little bit about how this case began.
Well the Loudermilk family lives in Arizona, they’re members of HSLDA, they’re homeschooling their five kids. They were building their dream house, the dad’s a carpenter. And they had sought and received permission from their relevant building officials to go ahead and move in. Nonetheless, some anonymous tipster called the hotline, suggesting that there were unfinished parts of the house that were dangerous to the children.
Thanks Mike, next time we’ll find out what happened with that anonymous tip. For Home School Heartbeat, I’m Jim Mason.