Police snatched ten children from a home-schooled family in Kentucky last week, following an anonymous complaint about the family’s traditional “off grid” lifestyle.
Neighbours who describe the Naugler family as “extremely happy” say the family were likely targeted due to their “back to basics lifestyle” and their decision to homeschool their kids.
Officers set up a blockade around Joe and Nicol Naugler’s property on Wednesday before entering the home in an attempt to take all ten kids away. Their father, Joe, was out with eight of the children at the time but Nicole and two of the eldest were at home at the time the police entered. She attempted to drive away but was arrested moments later for resisting the efforts of the police, who then took the two children into custody.
The next day Joe Naugler was ordered to hand in the remaining eight kids or face arrest. An order which he complied with.
The devastated parents are now faced with an enormous legal challenge to get their kids back home.
“This is the natural way to live,” said Ellsworth. “It’s actually a growing movement. They want to have a personal education and not a factory education. They are completely open about their life. Everyone is learning by living. They are all extremely intelligent.”
The family’s Facebook page – entitled “My Blessed Little Homestead,” is a charming testament to their way of life. The Naugler children are obviously living a blissful “free range” lifestyle amongst 26 acres of land in Breckinridge County.
“They frequently post pictures and videos of their children, animals and their off-grid life,” reports Off the Grid News. “A May 5 post showed a video of a toddler, Mosiah, learning to walk. An April 24 post showed a happy family, gathering around a campfire, roasting marshmallows.”
The family have set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise money for legal expenses.
A website for the family spells out their plight with the heart-wrenching words; “This Kentucky family of 12 people, 6 dogs, 2 farm cats and a few random farm animals was just torn apart. Their crime: Living a simple, back to basics life.”
This shocking story once again illustrates how families attempting to simply get on with their lives in a traditional manner are being treated as extremists by other Americans, snitched on, and targeted by authorities.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a WND report highlights how parents were interrogated by a CPS caseworker who questioned Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole, “on everything from their son’s homeschool education to questions about vaccines and guns in the house.”
Michelle Marchese aggressively demanded to enter the property after asserting Christopher Zimmer Jr. was not getting a “proper education.” Police subsequently arrived and allowed Marchese to enter the home before conducting a warrantless search.
The Zimmers are now suing the CPS for $60 million in a case before the U.S. District Court in Trenton.