POLICE SEIZE 10 CHILDREN FROM ‘OFF-GRID’ HOMESCHOOL FAMILY

Police seized ten children from an “off grid” homeschool family in Kentucky on Wednesday after receiving an anonymous tip about the family’s traditional lifestyle.

The nightmare story began when sheriff’s officers set up a blockade around Joe and Nicole Naugler’s rural property before entering the premises. Eight of the kids were out with their father but Nicole and two of her oldest children were at home. Nicole attempted to drive away but was subsequently stopped and arrested for resisting (attempting to prevent officers from taking her two boys away).

The sheriff then demanded Joe Naugler turn over the other eight children by 10am the next day or face felony charges, an order with which he complied.

“They are an extremely happy family,” said family friend Pace Ellsworth, who asserts that the Nauglers were targeted because of their “back to basics life” and their decision to homeschool their children.

Friends reported no concerns about how the children were being treated by the parents, who follow an educational model called “unschooling” where the children decide their own curriculum based on the subjects that interest them and what their strengths are.

“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.”

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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.

Breckinridge Co KY Sheriff Todd Pate, with other officers, entered the Naugler’s residence without a warrant or probable cause. Nicole was pulled over by a deputy just outside the property. Officers TOOK their two oldest boys from Nicole, with no documentation to support their actions. Nicole, 5 months pregnant, was slammed into the hood of a cop car, and was taken into custody for disorderly conduct (for pleading with the Sheriff to not take her boys) and resisting arrest (verbally, not physically). Joe arrived, but the sheriff, with his hand on his sidearm, ordered Joe back into the car and informed Joe that he was going to make this as difficult as possible for them and that their car would be impounded. The Sheriff ordered Joe to turn the remaining eight children over by 10:00 a.m., and threatened him with felony charges if he does not comply. All of this happened because of an unfounded anonymous complaint filed with CPS.

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