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Silly Hippies. Living off the grid makes you a criminal! Because it's illegal to live off the grid!

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BREAKING: Police Seize 10 Children From Homeschool Family Because They’re Off-Grid

Police Seize 10 Children From Off-Grid Family Because They’re Homeschooled

The Naugler family. The mom is not in the photo because she was taking the picture. Her picture is below. Image source: saveourfamily.info

An off-grid homeschool family of 12 in rural Kentucky was raided, the mother arrested, and the 10 children seized simply because the government disagrees with their lifestyle and their educational choices, family members and friends say.

Until Wednesday, Joe and Nicole Naugler lived with their 10 kids in a cabin on 26 acres in Breckinridge County, about an hour southwest of Louisville.

“They are an extremely happy family,” family friend Pace Ellsworth told Off The Grid News.

Police Seize 10 Children From Off-Grid Family Because They’re Homeschooled

Nicole Naugler.

Acting on an anonymous tip about the family’s off-grid lifestyle, sheriff’s officers entered the property and home Wednesday, and even blocked the access road to the family property, the family says. Joe and eight of the children were away, but Nicole – who is five-months pregnant – was home with the two oldest kids. Sheriff deputies then seemingly allowed Nicole and the two children to drive away but they got only a short distance before deputies pulled them over and took the two children away from the mom, who was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. (She says the arrest took place after she did not passively allow deputies to take the children.) Nicole was able to contact her husband and have a brief conversation.

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Later, the sheriff ordered Joe to turn over the other children by 10 a.m. or be arrested for felony charges, the family says. He complied.

Deputies also threatened to impound the car, although a friend of the family convinced the deputies to allow Joe to have it back.

Police Seize 10 Children From Off-Grid Family Because They’re Homeschooled

The Naugler boys on a recent hike.

The family may be off grid, but they aren’t anonymous. In fact, they have Internet, as well as a Facebook page dating back to 2012 where they frequently post pictures and videos of their children, animals and their off-grid life. 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.

They also post pictures alluding to their faith. Their Facebook page — which has nearly 2,000 likes — is called “My Blessed Little Homestead.”

Child Protective Services never visited the home, said Ellsworth, who believes the arrests took place because of the parents’ choice of “unschooling” for their children, and because of their simple way of life that some would call backwards. The family’s Facebook page calls it a “back to basics life.” They have a garden and raise animals. Deputies apparently were concerned about whether the children’s needs were being met, but friends say they personally have no concerns — and that the children are blessed to have Joe and Nicole as their parents.

In unschooling, there is no set curriculum and the education is based on each child’s strength.

“You let your kids decide the curriculum,” Ellsworth told Off The Grid News. “In unschooling, education doesn’t take a backseat. It’s listening to what they’re interested in and fascinated in.”

Police Seize 10 Children From Off-Grid Family Because They’re Homeschooled

The Naugler family at a recent campfire.

It’s the way all children learned before the public education movement, he said.

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“This is the natural way to live,” he said. “It’s actually a growing movement. They want to have a personal education and not a factory education.”

Ellsworth called it “whole-life homeschooling.”

“They are completely open about their life,” he said. “Everyone is learning by living. They are all extremely intelligent.”

The family will have huge legal bills, and friends have set up a GoFundMe campaign here. More information about the family can be read here and here.

“They are industrious people trying to teach their children how to live right,” the GoFundMe website said. “Through no fault of their own, they will now be faced with significant legal expenses.”

http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/police-seize-10-children-from-off-grid-family-because-theyre-homeschooled/

Posted by Anonymous on May. 7, 2015 at 8:59 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on May. 7, 2015 at 9:02 PM
Wow..... talk about unnecessary and overreacting.
PinkButterfly66
by Diamond Member on May. 7, 2015 at 9:06 PM
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I would call ACLU, because it seems that the Sherrif's department trampled ALL over their constitutional rights.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on May. 7, 2015 at 9:08 PM
My sil and bil are living off the grid illegally. They built an illegal house and do not pay any taxes. It makes me wonder if these people do the same.
LilysMama719
by Emmy on May. 7, 2015 at 9:08 PM
Wow. Those poor children are probably terrified.
Leissaintexas
by Emerald Member on May. 7, 2015 at 9:09 PM
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I read this earlier on one of my homeschool group pages. Wanna bet no one riots over this? Its just as infuriating as any other police injustice, but somehow I think this story will get swept under the rug like the last two families this happened to.
Momtoone07
by Emerald Member on May. 7, 2015 at 9:10 PM
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They look like such an unhappy group, just living a horrible existence. WTH, America?
TheNamelessDoll
by Silver Member on May. 7, 2015 at 9:12 PM

Yay America -_-

theResidentCat
by on May. 7, 2015 at 9:13 PM

money moochers!

DuchessScrat
by Platinum Member on May. 7, 2015 at 9:16 PM

I'm confused, do they own the land they were living on or were they squatting?

lilblu399
by Platinum Member on May. 7, 2015 at 9:19 PM
Were they following their state laws with homeschooling? I know in my state, you have to keep a record of what one is teaching their children and "unschooling" wouldn't fit into the rules.
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