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4/5/2006 4:20:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA Confronts Harford County's Child Interrogation Tactics

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April 5, 2006

HSLDA Confronts Harford County's Child Interrogation Tactics

Dear Harford County HSLDA Members and Friends,

A Harford County pupil personnel worker called to remind a member
family about their year-end portfolio review, then dropped a
bombshell. The official asked the parents to bring their children to
his office so he could question them. Perplexed and troubled by this
unusual request, the family immediately called us for advice.

Home School Legal Defense Association promptly called the official,
who said he wanted to ask the kids if they enjoyed homeschooling and
were getting enough to eat. He said he was going to ask the kids to
draw a picture for him. Child abuse investigators often ask children
to draw pictures, then "interpret" the pictures using Freudian and
other psychoanalytic techniques that they believe will reveal whether
abuse is going on in the home.

It was obvious the school official was confusing his job with that of
a child welfare worker. He was treating this family as if they had
been reported for child abuse, and evidently intended to conduct his
own personal investigation of every homeschooling family with whom he
dealt.

We confronted the official and firmly explained he had no legal
authority for this. He conceded we were correct and withdrew his
request.

HSLDA subsequently learned that all eight Harford County pupil
personnel workers had attended a meeting where the school system's
supervisor of psychological and pupil services urged them to use these
tactics.

HSLDA will follow this troubling situation closely. Treating all
homeschool families like child abuse suspects is intolerable and
unlawful. The best defense, however, is for every homeschool family to
understand their rights and the limits on the authority of officials.

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