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August 20, 2003

Education Neglect When School's Out?

In July, the Lazenby family was turned into the Child Protective Services by an anonymous tipster. One of the allegations was that the family homeschools their six year old child. The tipster indicated that the child cannot read. The fact is that the child can read, at the level of a six year old. Furthermore, this allegation is truly absurd as school is not in session; therefore, no educational neglect can occur.

To show the extent that some anonymous tipsters will go to try to get a family in trouble, they asserted that the children swim in a "feed trough." The family lives in the city and has no close proximity to any feed troughs, which simply demonstrates that the tipster was malicious. HSLDA has communicated with the CPS worker that she has no right to enter into the home, nor to talk to the children separately. We believe that this situation will resolve quickly.