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10/29/2003 12:29:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maine--Phantom Caller Resurfaces

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October 29, 2003

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Homeschoolers have been vexed for several years by a man who calls,
tries to gain the confidence of a family member, and then begins
asking questions about the family's use of corporal punishment.

He has not troubled homeschoolers for about a year, but now has
resurfaced in Maine.

His approach may be slightly different each time. In a recent
episode, he first asked a family member about "church hours." He then
said he was very strict with his children, used the rod, and was
looking for like-minded people. He asked what their church believed
about the rod.

If this is truly the same man who has distressed homeschool families
previously, he may also ask exactly how parents administer discipline
to their children.

Unless you have had this happen to you before, you may not be
prepared for this. People who trustingly discuss private matters
with him later report feeling shamed, humiliated and violated.

We recommend you use appropriate caution when someone you do not know
begins asking questions about family discipline. Consider giving
suitable instructions to any children who may answer your telephone.

Contact us immediately if this man calls you or anyone you know, and
give us the date, time, and telephone number he called. HSLDA is
committed to doing all we can to bring this to an end.

Sincerely,


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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