The New Gestapo At Work: New Jersey Child Protective Services

Homeschoolers interrogated on guns, vaccines

From: wnd.com,  by: Leo Hohmann,  on: May 7, 2015,  see the article HERE.

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Ronald Reagan said The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

It all started with an unwanted knock on the door by a government worker and it’s being answered with a $60 million lawsuit.

A New Jersey family is suing the state child-protection agency after it allegedly sent a caseworker to their home to interrogate them on everything from their son’s homeschool education to questions about vaccines and guns in the house.

Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole of Belvidere filed a civil rights complaint in April in U.S. District Court in Trenton alleging “unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion.”

“I won’t forget that morning for a long, long time,” said Christopher Zimmer, thinking back to Tuesday, Jan. 13, which began with a caseworker knocking on his front door.

He said Michelle Marchese, a caseworker for the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency, demanded she be let inside the house, “Now!” according to court documents. Startled by the aggressive confrontation, Christopher Zimmer asked the purpose of her visit.

Marchese refused to answer the question, saying only that 15-year-old Christopher Zimmer Jr. was not getting a “proper education” and she was at the Zimmer home under the authority of DCP&P to make sure they were homeschooling their son “correctly,” the suit states.

Not knowing the extent of his rights, Christopher Zimmer phoned local police. The police arrived on the scene but allowed Marchese to enter the home and continue to issue threats to the family and inspect the house, all without a warrant, the lawsuit states.

The Zimmers let the woman inside, attempting to prove they had nothing to hide, but after two hours of what the family described as intense interrogation, it became clear this issue would not be quickly resolved.

“My fear was, if I didn’t let her in the house, if I had closed the door and didn’t let her in the house then the police would be knocking at the door and think I’m hiding something,” Christopher Zimmer Sr. told the Warren Reporter.

The questions started out simple, about home life and happiness, but Zimmer said the questions quickly turned pointed and intrusive.

Marchese demanded to see records on textbooks used, attendance and test scores, the lawsuit states, when in fact New Jersey law doesn’t require homeschool parents to maintain and turn in such records to the state.

Marchese then allegedly told the Zimmers that their homeschooling materials “had to include what the public school system would have taught him, and that they had to both work with the public school and follow the public school curriculum,” according to the lawsuit.

In fact there is no such requirement for homeschooling curricula to line up with what’s taught in the public schools, according to state regulations published on the New Jersey Department of Education website.

“The law does not require or authorize the local board of education to review and approve the curriculum or program of a child educated elsewhere than at school. When parent/guardian educate a child elsewhere than at school, they are responsible for the educational outcomes of the child. The local board of education is not required or authorized to monitor the outcomes of the child.”

Marchese then began to interrogate the couple’s 15-year-old son about his school work.

Zimmer said he told Marchese she had no legal authority to be in his home questioning his family about what type of education their son was receiving.

More questions about guns, ammo

Marchese then asked the boy what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said he wanted to be a Marine scout sniper.

She asked the boy why and before he could answer she asked him if he’d ever played the video game “Call of Duty.”

Zimmer again told his son he did not have to answer the question because Marchese had no legal right to be in the home interrogating the family about schooling techniques.

Marchese said she had the authority to be there and asked if their son was up to date on his vaccines. The boy’s mother, Nicole Zimmer, said she had concerns about the risks of vaccines and was provided a religious exemption.

Marchese then demanded that the Zimmers sign a HIPPA medical release form that would allow DCP&P to have full access to all of their son’s medical records. She also demanded the last four digits of the couple’s Social Security numbers so she could run a background check on them.

And that’s not all.

The questions get more intense

According to the suit, Marchese ask the boy if his parents ever argued, whether they threw things at each other, whether they drank alcohol or used drugs.

The boy answered no to all of the questions.

Marchese then asked the boy if there were any guns in the house, and he looked at his father. His father assured the caseworker that his firearms were legally owned and locked in a safe.

Marchese then asked who had the keys to the safe. Mr. Zimmer said he had the keys. She then demanded to see the firearms and where the boy sleeps.

Once at the safe Marchese tried to open it herself but it wouldn’t open.

Marchese then asked Zimmer if the ammunition was kept separate from the firearms.

She also demanded that he remove the guns from the safe and show them to her, which he did.

The woman then attempted to quote from a New Jersey law requiring that guns and ammo be kept separate.

She then went to Zimmer’s son’s bedroom and inspected it, asking if the teen had ever “appeared suicidal,” according to the suit. Zimmer said no.

A tip from a child?

The Zimmers believe the intrusive visit was brought on by a confidential tip about “improper homeschooling” from a minor child known to their son.

“If they had come with a complaint of neglect and abuse, come in and ask us, but to question us about home schooling. … For us it was a good choice, and I will always advocate for home schooling,” Nicole Zimmer told the Warren Reporter.

Their suit claims home-schooling issues aren’t the responsibility of the DCP&P.

After Marchese left their home they revoked the HIPPA release form and retained an attorney, who sent a letter demanding the state agency cease and desist from all direct contact with the Zimmers and their healthcare providers.

Nicole Zimmer said she homeschooled her daughter, and her husband’s stepdaughter, from sixth grade through graduation. She said her daughter is now on her way to becoming a teacher, working as a classroom aide and making the dean’s list at her school.

Defendants in the case, filed April 9 in New Jersey District Court in Warren County, include the DCP&P, its director Lisa Von Pier, the New Jersey Commissioner of DCP&P Allison Blake, a local supervisor and Marchese, the caseworker. The plaintiffs have demanded a jury trial.

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I don’t know about you, but the further I got into reading this story, the more pissed off I got. It was obvious that the caseworker was on a “fishing expedition” to see if evidence could be found (or manufactured) to justify removing their 15-year-old son from the Zimmer’s custody. We seem to be witnessing an explosion of child “protective” cases  wherein the state removes children from parents, ostensibly to “protect” the child. I suspect that part of the reasoning in this case is that the “state” can’t allow the concept to take hold that homeschooled kids might be getting educated (better educated) without the benefit of a unionized tenured teacher. 

Now, I’ll grant that there are valid cases where removal is not only justified, but desirable. But, I’ve seen too many occasions in the past few months that appear to paint a picture of an out-of-control bureaucratic agency looking to justify it’s own existence and secure it’s funding by seeing how many children can be removed from their homes. In this particular case, it seems to be an egregious example of a bureaucrat enamored with her power and turning an investigation into a witch hunt.

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10 Responses to The New Gestapo At Work: New Jersey Child Protective Services

  1. Hardnox says:

    I agree with your commentary. CPS should be concerned with saving the children of crack hos and not hassling regular people.

    It is pretty clear that big G doesn’t want homeschooled kids as it exposes G’s ineptitude.

  2. Kathy says:

    Yep, I was getting pretty ticked off at that lil Nazi too. That was bully tactics and Marchese had no business in that home without a warrant and a police escort. It ‘s a shame people don’t know or don’t stand up for their rights and doubly so that the cop didn’t inform all of them – he of all people know better.

    The lawsuit will ultimately cost the taxpayers when it didn’t have to end like this if they’d followed the law. I hope the B gets fired, but knowing the government, she probably got a promotion instead.

  3. Buck says:

    Gee. I didn’t know Barney Fife also works for CPS…

  4. Grouchy says:

    My pisstivity meter blew into quantum atoms. But I have a feeling this is only the beginning of the start of oppression, and tyrannical / bullying practices,

  5. Buck says:

    It ain’t the start, Grouchy. It started eons ago. It is just becoming more bold and uncaring if their deeds are made public.

    • Grouchy says:

      You are so right, Buck. The Illuminati, The Bilderbergers, and God knows how many other factions are out there. ALL the moneyed interests do NOT have our humankind best interests at heart, for darn sure.

  6. CW says:

    The reason these outrages continue is because there’s never any personal accountability. It sounds like the case worker was acting well outside her given authority and not in accordance with NJ CPS policies, so she should be fired. Instead it will be the tax payers, as always, who pay for this, and the case worker and other State employees involved will suffer little to no consequences, thus ensuring that the problem never gets fixed.

  7. Uriel says:

    True commie state. Geez. Im surprised they held their cool to not aggravate until that worker left. Had that happened, they might have lost their kids. Until this potus slithers back to his private hades and we get a stand up American things are going to continue. All we can do is fight back legally and hope we get constitutionally fair minded judges.

  8. vonMesser says:

    Speaking from personal experience. Oregon CPS tried to take my granddaughters when my eldest daughter died. After a short court battle my sister was able to adopt them. It came to light that the CPS worker was going to have my granddaughters adopted by a lesbian couple, and HAD ALREADY PROCESSED MOST OF THE PAPERWORK. What stopped them was a little-known provision in Oregon law that lets relatives have first option on adoption of minor children before they can be adopted out. My wife and I could not adopt the girls because my wife was busy dieing of cancer at the time. (Subsequent stuff – several years later – the husband of the CPS worker was arrested for molesting children, including some who were in her care)

  9. tannngl says:

    These ‘investigations’ are started by and done by social workers.
    The name of the ‘workers’ should give you a clue as to their fielty.
    Worker bees for communism.