The homeschool parents are suing over how they were treated.
This Missouri couple homeschools their three kids. A social worker had visited their house once and then ordered an investigation into the family because of a “messy” house.
The family had complied with the social worker’s first visit and inspection, but they objected the second time, at which point the social worker got the Missouri Sheriff’s Department involved.
The police ended up pepper-spraying and tasering the parents, reportedly all in front of their three kids, aged 8 to 12. The kids were removed from their home and placed in custody of the State for months. The parents were charged with “child endangerment” and “resisting arrest.”
The child endangerment and resisting arrest charges against Jason and Laura Hagan were ultimately dismissed. The New Hampton homeschool couple filed a lawsuit seeking punitive and compensatory damages, along with attorney fees. The Home School Legal Defense Association is aiding Laura and Jason Hagan in the legal proceedings against the team involved with the police raid team at the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) attorney James Manson deemed the police raid team violated the Fourth Amendment rights of the homeschool family.
“We need to be vigilant. We need to be willing to stand up for our rights,” Manson said, adding that law enforcement officials need to be reminded that the “rules apply to them, too.”
When the Hagan family turned the social services worker away during the second attempt to inspect the home to make sure that it was not “messy,” the staffer called the Nodaway County Sheriff. Captain David Glidden reportedly demanded to be allowed inside the home and had the request denied. According to the complaint filed by the Missouri homeschool family, Captain Glidden then used pepper spray on Jason and Laura Hagan.
“Glidden then turned to Jason, who was still standing, and shot him in the back with his Taser,” the legal document maintains.
Laura Hagan attempted to close the front door, at which point Captain David Glidden shot his Taser at the closing door, according to the formal complaint filed by the homeschooling family. Sheriff Darren White then allegedly became involved with the incident.
“Together they forced open the door and found Laura and Jason lying on the floor,” the Home School Legal Defense Association said.
The HSLDA also claims that the Missouri sheriff and the captain “slapped Laura, knocking the glassed off of her face.” The Nodaway County law enforcement officials then allegedly threatened to shoot the family dog, called Laura a “liar” and then threw a phone across the room before handcuffing the homeschool couple.
The entire ordeal reportedly took place in front of the three Hagan children, ages 8 to 12. The children remained in the custody of the state for “months.”
The judge who tossed out all of the charges levied against the Missouri homeschooling parents said, “The court will not allow [an] exception to sanction warrantless entry into a private residence by pepper spray and Taser. If the officer had a warrant in hand and such force was necessary, that is a different story, but those are not the facts of this case.”
All this over an allegedly “messy” house. Or was it the fact that the parents chose to homeschool their kids, and the social workers just wanted an excuse to harass them, hoping to legally kidnap their kids and potentially lock up the parents? Would these family and child “services” people care this much about a “messy” house if the kids were enrolled in their local government school? Would there have even been an inspection in the first place?
Who knows, but one thing is for certain. These types of “inspections” are going to be happening more and more as government officials crack down on homeschoolers unkempt homes.