HSLDA as a Supervillain

I recently received an email from the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) with the headline “Single Mom Shields Son from Bullies, Faces Charges.” Curious, I looked at the summary the email provided:

New Jersey: Charges Dropped, Case Dismissed After HSLDA Intervenes

Home School Legal Defense Association worked closely with a local attorney to prove that charges of educational neglect against a single mom were false.

Still curious, I clicked the link to the full article.

Single mom Vernal Rogers (named changed to protect privacy) removed her son from public school in 2008 after the school did not stop the bullies who were harassing him.

In January of 2013, a DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services) representative showed up at her door and told Vernal that she was suspected of educational neglect in connection with homeschooling her son. The DYFS worker demanded to see Vernal’s homeschool curriculum.

A member of HSLDA, Vernal quickly called for help. Based upon our guidance, she showed the DYFS worker a copy of the “Frequently Asked Questions” published by the New Jersey Department of Education, but refused to submit her curriculum for inspection. The DYFS worker left unhappy.

DYFS subsequently went to court and asked a judge to order Vernal to submit to the DYFS investigation. HSLDA hired River Vale attorney Grace Meyer to represent the family locally.

Working closely with HSLDA attorneys, Meyer showed the prosecuting attorney the program Vernal was using for her son. It consisted primarily of a well-organized set of interactive online materials in all major subject areas tightly focused on preparing a young person to pass the GED test.

Seeing that the young man was receiving a solid education, the prosecuting attorney dismissed the case without the family ever appearing before the judge. DYFS subsequently notified Vernal that the allegations against her were “unfounded.”

I’m afraid I didn’t take away from this article whatever HSLDA wanted me to take away from it. In fact, I kind of took away the opposite. I’m afraid that my conclusion on reading this story was that HSLDA operates like villain in a superhero movie.

What the DYFS worker wanted to do was verify that Rogers was actually educating her son. That was all. Someone had called in a tip alleging that Rogers was not. All the DYFS worker asked was to see the curriculum Rogers was using in order to verify that she was indeed educating her son. HSLDA knew this. Let me repeat: HSLDA knew that all Rogers had to do to diffuse the situation was to show the DYFS worker her curriculum—and that is exactly what HSLDA advised her not to do.

HSLDA took what should have been a very simple thing and escalated into a full-blown court case, all the way down to the necessity of having to hire a local lawyer to defend Rogers (interestingly, the lawyer HSLDA hired and “worked closely with” here is the same “HSLDA-affiliated” lawyer who is defending John and Carolyn Jackson against charges of horrific child abuse, arguing in the face of the evidence that they’re just a “good, Christian homeschooled family”the Jacksons were the third example in my “cages” post). This whole time, HSLDA knew what it needed to do to diffuse the situation—simply show the curriculum. And yet, it held off till exactly the right moment, waiting for the case to become something it could use to scare its members with before ending it with the solution it could have used to keep the case from ever going to court in the first place.

You know how in all of those super hero movies, the villains create disasters just so that they can save people from them and come off looking like heroes? That’s honestly what it looks like happened in this case. HSLDA created a court case, knowing the whole time exactly what it needed to do to diffuse the situation (i.e., show the curriculum) but waiting until the right dramatic moment to employ this and bring the case to its close, coming off as the hero. This is reflected in the article’s title: “Charges Dropped, Case Dismissed after HSLDA Intervenes.”

And of course, the article finishes with this:

Protect Your Family

If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support for our work enables us to defend individual families threatened by government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all.

It’s a marketing ploy. It’s all a marketing ploy. It’s a marketing ploy played over real people’s lives and with real people’s emotions, and that is wrong. It’s like in those movies where the villain spreads a plague all the while in possession of the antidote, waiting for the right moment to release this miracle cure and be hailed as a hero. It’s sick.

So let me give you an alternative story. One homeschool mom, Sharon, recently shared a story of the time she was visited by an employee of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) investigating a child abuse complaint, and she explains how the incident went down and how it would have gone down had she followed the advice given by HSLDA.

It was a beautiful spring evening, ten years ago. We’d just finished eating dinner when an older woman knocked on our door and identified herself as an employee of the Department of Child and Family Services. “Were you at Target yesterday?” she asked. “With children?” Well, yes, I was. And someone had filed a complaint against me, turning in my license plate number, accusing me of child abuse.

I remember the panic and the humiliation that swept through me. This very thing – being accused of child abuse, having the official standing on my doorstep questioning me – was one of my parenting nightmares. Guilt or innocence had very little to do with the fear I was feeling in that moment. As I listened to the social worker speak I silently prayed one of my most frequent prayers, used in a variety of circumstances: “Please, Lord, no matter what, help me to tell the truth.”

This turned out to be an easy truth to tell. This was back in the days when I still spanked, but I wasn’t being asked about that. Instead I had been accused of having shaken my baby. I could say with complete conviction that I had never, ever shaken her. “I do spank the other kids sometimes,” I confessed, even though she hadn’t asked, “but I promise you, I’ve never shaken a baby.”

The DCFS worker was not unkind. She asked to question my children without me, and I allowed her to do so. She told me that she would be reporting the case as unfounded, and eventually – after 90 days? My memory is fuzzy – unless I was accused again the case would be closed with no permanent record of the accusation. “Spanking isn’t illegal,” she added. “But do it in the privacy of your own home. Some people are nosy, or they have an axe to grind.”

. . .

If I had been a member of the HSLDA, and if I followed the advice they give to their members, things would have gone differently the evening that the DCFS showed up. I would have immediately assumed a defensive posture with the caseworker, declining to answer her questions until after I’d contacted my HSLDA lawyer. I certainly would have refused her request to interview my children. That honestly didn’t occur to me that day, when the caseworker was at my door. As alarmed as I was, I trusted in God and the truth.

If Sharon had followed HSLDA’s advice, I have a pretty good guess as to what would have happened. This is because I know of a situation almost identical to Sharon’s, except that in this case the family followed HSLDA’s advice. In the Stumbo case a CPS worker responded to a tip that the Stumbo’s two-year-old had been left naked and unattended in the family’s driveway. When the CPS worker asked to interview the children to ensure that everything was okay, HSLDA advised the Stumbos to refuse to grant the CPS worker any access whatsoever to their children. The CPS worker then went to a judge and got a court order to interview the children. The Stumbos appealed this order, goaded on by HSLDA. As a result the case spent literally four years in the courts, almost certainly taking a tole on the family’s emotional well-being. And all this for something that could have been resolved in five minutes had the Stumbos not taken HSLDA’s advice. And this, too, might have happened to Sharon had she also followed HSLDA’s advice.

Be sure to read the rest of Sharon’s post, where she talks about how glad she is that child protective services follows up on tips to ensure children’s safety, and her concerns about HSLDA’s attempts to undermine this system.

What I’m really struck by is how bad HSLDA’s legal advice appears to be for the people actually taking it. HSLDA makes its money off of ostensibly protecting homeschoolers’ right to homeschool, but in practice it rather looks like HSLDA cares more about keeping its members frightened enough to continue renewing their membership than it does about actually giving them good advice. Interestingly, a guide for homeschoolers dealing with CPS investigations composed by a homeschooling group that opposes HSLDA gives basically the exact opposite of the advice HSLDA gives. It appears that, like the villains in superhero movies, HSLDA’s modus operendi is to create disasters to save people from, thus coming off as a hero and ensuring that HSLDA coffers stay full.

  • Kevin S.

    “HSLDA makes its money off of ostensibly protecting homeschoolers’ right to homeschool, but in practice it rather looks like HSLDA cares more about keeping its members frightened enough to continue renewing their membership than it does about actually giving them good advice.”

    I would assume there are also a number of affiliated attorneys who get lots of billable hours from these unnecessary cases.

  • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

    In other HSLDA news, the Romeikes have lost their appeal against deportation: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-appeals-court-denies-asylum-to-german-home-schoolers/2013/05/15/4e1d2810-bd6f-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html

    Of course, the HSLDA wants to appeal again, despite not having any new arguments to present.

    • centaurie

      Thanks for the link! I was wwondering where and when we’d see the ruling.

      “But the court found that the German government treats all truants the same, regardless of their reasons for not attending school.”

      Pretty much what has been said here, so good to here that’s the reason they’re denied asylum. :)

      From that article, I can pretty much draw the conclusion the HSLDA and their ilk don’t have the slightest idea what religious persecution entails…

      “The U.S. government said in court documents the Romeikes did not belong to any particular Christian denomination and described the parents’ objections to the government-approved schools as vague.

      For instance, Uwe Romeike claimed a textbook “featured a story suggesting that ‘the devil can help you if you ask the devil, but God would not help you,’” the government said. But he could not recall the title of the story or its author.

      Romeike also claimed the schools taught witchcraft based on a game played by classmates of his wife when she was in the seventh grade “that involved pushing chairs and glasses around, and dangling a pendulum.” ”

      Vague objections, no kidding.
      Also, that last part about a weird game played by HIS WIFE’S CLASSMATES IN 7TH GRADE is just hilarious.
      (Sorry for the all-caps, don’t know how to put them in bold or italics.)

      • Kat Twigg

        I’m reaaallly hoping the Romiekes will just give up and send their kids to school when they get back to Germany. Those kids got to be in desperate need of some sane outside influences!

      • Richter_DL

        I doubt so. Likely they will barricade again or flee to the twelve tribes people, who are of similar conviction (plus, they connect with their kid through various hard objects a lot). And they will contuinue their HSLDA-fiannced struggle in court. At least, they providde employment opportunities for lawyers, I guess.

      • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

        Sorry for the all-caps, don’t know how to put them in bold or italics

        It’s Text you want to italicise but without the spaces. Replace the i with a b for bold.

      • centaurie

        Thank you!!!

      • Beutelratti

        “For instance, Uwe Romeike claimed a textbook “featured a story
        suggesting that ‘the devil can help you if you ask the devil, but God
        would not help you,’” the government said. But he could not recall the title of the story or its author.”

        Could he have been talking about Goethes Faust? (Which is on the mandatory curriculum, I think.) If so, then the Romeikes’ claims have reached another level of ridiculousness.

      • TurelieTelcontar

        Actually, it wasn’t a few years ago, but we had to learn about it anyway – as our teacher said: “You are not leaving for university without dealing with Goethe once.”
        Teachers are free to add books, if they want.

      • TurelieTelcontar

        Someone mentioned it on another thread, but claiming Germany persecutes Christians is laughable:
        - Children have religious education as a subject in school unless they opt out and attend ethics.
        - As they are the biggest denominations, regular schools offer Catholic or Lutheran religious education, and relatively new, muslim as well
        - The teachers in those subject are vetted by the church hierarchy
        - Every baptized member of a church pays church taxes as a part of their regular tax, the state gives it to the church – unless you opt out, which in turn means leaving the church
        - Businesses are closed on sunday
        - Churches are allowed to ring the bells at annoying times, where no other reason for disturbing people is allowed
        - Official holidays in my state (which is also where the Romeikes are from) include:
        January 6th, because the wise men visited Jesus
        Good Friday
        Easter Monday
        Corpus Christi
        Ascension Day
        Pentescostal Monday
        All Hallows Day
        Half of Christmas Eve
        Christmas Day
        Boxing Day

        The father doesn’t want to send his kids to school, because his wife’s classmates played around with “witchcraft” and esoteric stuff, (the game seems to be something like an ouija board) probably on a class trip. It’s really, really not part of the curriculum, but stupid stuff kids do on a school trip. He knows he isn’t required to let his kids go on one of those, right?

        And the only thing that makes sense for that story was, if it’s in the story, said by an unsympathtic character.

      • centaurie

        I know…(about Germany not persecuting) I live close to a border with Germany (30min by car), and because I understand the language, I watch german telly sometimes…

        But anyway, the arguments, they are….not the most convincing I’ve ever heard. And HSLDA will use them *yet again* in another appeal. Stubborn or plain idiots?

      • smrnda

        With the church bells, have mosques been given the same consideration with loud prayer calls? Just curious. I didn’t stay in Germany long when I was there and did not notice.

      • TurelieTelcontar

        With the church bells, have mosques been given the same consideration with loud prayer calls?

        No. In fact, there’s always a lot of discussion when a mosque is planned. Also, people generally think that having a crucifix in a classroom should be no big deal, while a muslim teacher wearing a headscarve is (was?) forbidden. This is why I find the idea of Christian persecution especially laughable. Christianity gets a pass in lots of ways, where other religions don’t.

        What I find so interesting compared to what I know about the US (and I haven’t been there yet, so I might be way off base), is that we have much more intermingling of state and church, while people who are extremely religious are looked at as weird. It’s much more a cultural thing, in my opinion.

      • Richter_DL

        Mosques have stricter regulation than church bells for reasons of history and the churches’ disproportionally stong political influence, and general xenophobia. Never heared a prayer call myself, and I’m living in Berlin. Most mosques prefer to keep a lower profile.

        By now, there is also RelEd class for Jehova’s Witnesses and Muslims, as well as ethics classes for nonreligious students (which are about 40% of the populace). When I went to school it was only catholic or protestant RelEd, but it was an opt-out class and not graded.

        The Eastern states have less religious holidays than the southwest (where the Romeikes and TurelieTelcontar are from), and are atheist by majority. But even there, Christians are not persecuted. They even get state subventions for maintaining decaying and disused churches. The persecution is a lie, invented to push American christianists’ buttons.

      • kecks

        you’ve got religious education class for jehova’s witnesses in berlin? omg. in bavaria these guys are part of the official ethics or catholic or lutheran education curriculum (provided by the state!) for secondary schools under the topic of “new religious movements” and they are shown as dangerous and brainwashing their members. i had several pupils in ethics class here who came from those parents, very polite and extremly (!) obedient kids, not allowed to do anything at all (birthday parties, ghost story night – kids wrote their own ghost stories and read them to parents at a class sleep over at school, school sports competitions… jehovas witness kids are not allowed to do these ‘worldly’ things and have to watch from the sidelindes. not easy for us teachers either – poor kids!!). in berlin these lunatics get to teach kids at public schools? berlin’s education policy is messed up for shure, isn’t it. i’d say lets get rid of the religious education in schools all the way and do ethics with all the kids… (okay, i teach ethics in bavaria…).

      • kecks

        very good post. there also christian private schools in germany (funded by the state, but still) of various nominations. in munich for example there is a really conservative ‘freikirchliche’ (when there are fundamental christians in germany they are usually “freikirchlich”) lutheran public school, rather big, very successfull, which does not teach evolution and only has ‘believers’ as teachers. this is by no way the norm here, but these schools do exist. so it is not like this family needs to send their kids to a public school.

      • Richter_DL

        Of course our schools teach the Black Arts at an appropriate age. Where else would all the Nazi Zombies come from? :P

        Seriously, even in a Steiner school (surprisingly popular here), they don’t do that, they practice different (questionable) rituals, such as eurythmy or curing ailments by walking backwards down a flight of stairs. And Steiner schools aren’t government-funded, they’re private institutions.

        However, reading this blog has strengthened my idea that homeschooling is a bad practice that needs to remain forbidden. Not that the Romeikes did anything else; zealots like that can emigrate for all In care.

  • Jayn

    The cynical side of me wonders if the first mother actually had a curriculum and stalled until she could provide one.

  • The_L1985

    Dear gods–the HSLDA is Syndrome.

    • http://cuterus.blogspot.com/ Palaverer

      I’m also getting a Wolfram & Hart vibe.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.autenrieth Sharon Colflesh Autenrieth

        This is a very serious subject, but +1 for both of those references.

  • Christine

    If it weren’t for the fact that they made the case go to court before they agreed to meet the requirements for homeschooling, I would be able to see where they were coming from. I would disagree with their attitude, but the idea that you don’t talk to officials unless you have the attorney there has some bearing (in certain worldviews). But once the HSLDA is called in shouldn’t they just basically say “yep, they’re allowed to request your curriculum, if we just show it to them the problem is gone”?

  • Composer 99

    I wonder if this is not a common phenomenon for organizations like the HSLDA as they grow: the original mission becomes less important than the survival and prospering of the organization in and of itself.

    • tsara

      Oh, definitely. And especially with hierarchical or authoritarian organizations, I would suspect.
      Example: the Catholic church’s prioritizing of protecting its reputation over, you know, molested children despite the fact that they’re supposed to be all about helping the vulnerable.

  • 92JazzQueen .

    Man,you really have a black and white view of this situation.

    • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

      Care to fill us in on some of the shades of grey we’re missing? Or at least mention them?

    • Baby_Raptor

      That would be because there’s not any gray to be seen anywhere. Just people looking for reasons to paint the government as big nasty, interfering persecutors.

      • 92JazzQueen .

        Because sometimes the government can be really lawfully stupid and make really questionable decisions.The scary thing is a lot of people like you dismiss it because its just so called fundies worrying about it.That really scares me that you wouldn’t care about that stuff and even villify people who see concern that what the government is oding is wrong.I mean I would find it questionable that Germany still keeps its ban on homeschooling.

      • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

        Translation: I have not read any of the discussion here on this topic.

        Once more (with feeling): The government (any government) can make bad decisions. That doesn’t excuse the HSLDA’s agenda, which explicitly treats children as the mere property of their parents and declares child abusers to be “heroes”.

        With particular regard to the Romeikes – please note that this decision has no impact on the right to homeschool in the USA, but it’s still not “religious persecution” as defined by international law.

      • http://twitter.com/TrollfaceMcFart Trollface McGee

        Drivers can make some really stupid and questionable decisions, therefore the best solution is to ban driving and force everyone to walk.
        HSLDA is being “condemned and vilified” (oh the persecution! the persecution) because it is defending, not the right to homeschool, but the right to control one’s children as one’s property and have no oversight over parents whatsoever.

        By the way, parents sometimes make stupid and questionable decisions too.

      • smrnda

        Also, in these cases the government workers appear to have behaved the proper way. They checked out the claims, got the responses they needed, and they dropped the matter.

        I’m not going to say that no State agents ever hassle people for no good reason. If you want to see government abusing its power, check out how cops behave in minority neighborhoods. I don’t support abolishing the police as a solution, we just need better oversight and better checks and balances.

      • Richter_DL

        I find it questionable that American organisations try and force American ideas on everyone, thank you very much.

      • Composer 99

        92JazzQueen:

        Since you appear to be the person suggesting that pointing out problems with HSLDA is equivalent to excusing questionable behaviour by government agents – where no such excuses are made in the OP – I put it to you that you are the one with a black and white view of the situation.

  • Stev84

    They also have an interest to get judicial rulings into the system that they can then use as precedent. They are just trolling for trials.

    • Spuddie

      At this rate they are also trolling for disbarment of their legal counsel for engaging in frivolous litigation.

      In New York sanctions (which can include fines, suspension or disbarment) are appropriate for lawyers who engage in actions:

      “undertaken primarily to delay or prolong the resolution of
      the litigation, or to harass or maliciously injure another”*

      *Section 130-1.1 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts

  • Baby_Raptor

    You know, with all these Christians who are constantly doing everything they can to ignore or completely rewrite the laws, it’s really easy to forget that Jesus commanded his followers several times to obey the government. The bible specifically says that no government exists that god didn’t put there.

    And yet the Christers are the ones constantly painting the government as immoral, anti-christian, ETC and then doing everything they can to disobey it.

    • Hat Stealer

      These are the people who think that Jesus commanded them to love guns. What the Bible actually says has very little to do with it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.autenrieth Sharon Colflesh Autenrieth

      “Several times”? I don’t want to get lost in the weeds on this thread, but I think you may be exaggerating Jesus’s endorsement of obedience to the government. And nonviolent civil disobedience has a very, very long track record in Christianity. But I don’t really think that’s the point at the moment.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Don’t forget the time, money and personnel resources necessary to bring the Rogers case to court, which could have been better spent protecting children, but instead had to be spent forcing Rogers to submit information she had available THE ENTIRE TIME.

    • Alix

      I really wonder if she had the curriculum available beforehand. Something about the whole “working closely with HSLDA attorneys” paragraph makes me really think that she didn’t actually have a curriculum until she got called on it.

      • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

        That’s true, but then what she’s doing is indefensible, so I’m attributing good faith.

      • Alix

        Fair enough. :) I’m just … very cynical, at this point, about these kinds of cases.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.autenrieth Sharon Colflesh Autenrieth

        Alix – the thing is, I can totally believe that she would have withheld showing the curriculum just out of fear because of the culture HSLDA has created. The advice they give says social workers will try to trick you regarding your rights, that they are trained to bluff parents, etc. In other words, HSLDA teaches parents to believe the very worst about CPS, and to act accordingly.

      • Alix

        Oh, I can believe it. But that paragraph struck me as … odd.

    • MyOwnPerson

      I also wondered if HSLDA swooped in to help the mother prepare a “portfolio”.

  • Conuly

    1. Defuse, not diffuse. Diffuse is spread out.
    2. They give this woman a fake name to protect her privacy, and the best they can come up with is “Vernal”?

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

      #2 was my thought too!

    • Sally

      I decided her name must have been “Summer” so they thought they would be clever and go with the opposite. I can think of no other excuse!

      • joan

        Or “Autumn.”

      • sylvia_rachel

        Or April? or May? (I’ve never heard of anyone being named March or February, but I did know a January in high school…)

      • Conuly

        Well, I suppose you could name a boy Mark for March….

  • http://twitter.com/TrollfaceMcFart Trollface McGee

    I have to wonder, do they tell the client that their case would be dismissed if only they showed the paperwork to the government officials? Because, unless you have a very ideologically minded client, I assume most want their case to be resolved as quickly and with the least cost as possible. If they don’t, and lie to the client, then they are violating the ethical laws of every single State and Federal Bar which requires an attorney to zealously represent the client. HSLDA seems to think it’s client is the homeschooling/parental rights/ownership cause not the actual families they claim to be helping.

    • Sally

      “HSLDA seems to think it’s client is the homeschooling/parental rights/ownership cause not the actual families they claim to be helping.”

      Good insight!

  • smrnda

    The HSLDA seems like a real racket. The information that would help homeschoolers isn’t top secret, and a simple website with a few FAQs for each state would suffice. But no, HSLDA wants you to make $$ payments so they can rush to your rescue and you can get a day in court instead of just looking on a website and figuring out what pieces of paper you need.

    Given that they also advocate for measures unrelated to homeschooling, and that homeschooling ‘defense’ seems pretty simple, I’m guessing their collecting payments from parents whose right to homeschool is never in danger to use on other cases or lobbying.

  • fiona64

    You can’t scare people into donating if you don’t have anything to scare them *with.*

  • Patrick

    Alternate theory- the child WAS being poorly educated, and obstruction allowed the time to fabricate a valid curriculum.

  • Brightie

    I’d still like to believe that a couple of persons I’ve known who were, at least at some point in their lives, affiliated with HSLDA although they also had practices of their own to deal with, were doing it in good faith in case their fellow homeschoolers legitimately needed a hand. But I’ve got to agree that it looks like HSLDA has been pretty crap in their practices of late.

  • Bree

    Regarding CPS investigations, it’s been my experience that cooperation can make the situation smooth out pretty quickly. My parents were investigated twice by CPS, not related to home-schooling but my parents were former home-schoolers. Both times my parents complied with what CPS asked of them. With the first case I have no clue what it was about (I was only 6), but I do know that the case was dropped after the initial visit. They interviewed each family member separately, then informed my parents that they were going to report the accusations as unfounded, and that was it, nothing else ever came of that particular case. Then 6 years later when I was 12, we got investigated again. In this case my parents were accused of neglect, and they were in fact guilty of neglect and they knew it (long, complicated story). So CPS and a police officer showed up, interviewed my parents, and in this case they only needed to interview my 14 year old brother because he was the only one of us kids that the accusations were about. After the interviews, CPS ordered my parents to take my brother to the hospital (he had self-inflicted 2nd degree burns) and said they would check back in on us in a few weeks. My parents took my him to the hospital, doctors examined him, and the hospital reported it’s findings to CPS. My parents got a call from CPS a few weeks later saying the case was dropped. My parents’ full cooperation in both cases resulted in the cases being worked out quickly, and even though in the second case my parents did commit child neglect in the eyes of the law when it was discovered that no harm resulted from the “neglect” CPS decided there wasn’t any case to pursue.

  • Sgaile-beairt

    now i have to w onder if HSLDA wld defend riley choate, good christian homeschooling dad from illinois….

    http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/17013225-418/riley-choate-pleads-guilty-to-neglect-in-sons-death.html

  • Elizabeth Ward

    I checked the wikipedia page for hslda, and it doesn’t mention any of the support of child abuse documented on this blog. I’m not exactly an editor there, so I wouldn’t know what to do. Maybe someone else here knows more about wikipedia to fix this?