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August 27, 2008

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A family who was homeschooling in Florida had just moved back to Okaloosa County. They had been living in between houses for the past year, but had just permanently settled within the week.

Instead of a simple reminder delivered by mail, an Okaloosa truant officer’s card was found in the door after the mom returned from the grocery store. The children at home said that he had pounded on the door quite hard for a very long time. The children had been told not to answer the door when their parents were out—so they did not.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka was contacted by the family. He immediately called the truant officer and explained that the family had filed their notice of intent to home educate, and this was really a case of “mistaken identity.” After hearing from a lawyer, the truant officer quickly backed down, acknowledged the family’s legality and said he would not be pursuing the case any further.

The family thanks God for this outcome!