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10 Homeschool Children Taken from Kentucky Parents for Off-the-Grid Lifestyle

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 May 14
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Authorities have taken ten children from their parents in Kentucky for their off-the-grid lifestyle. According to Charisma News, the children were taken from a farm that had no running water or septic system. 


Parents Joe and Nicole Naugler said that they chose to live unconventionally and homeschool their children. 


A police report claims the Nauglers refused to cooperate with police when their children were taken. The parents have been charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct; they pleaded not guilty to both charges. 


Joe Naugler insists that the family’s way of life is peaceful, but the Nauglers’ oldest son, Alex Brow, testified in a court hearing that he had been abused. 


"I got all the beatings. I got most of the mental abuse. There was a lot of sexual abuse towards me. We had a very dysfunctional relationship,” Brow said. 


Thousands of people across the country have voiced their support for the Nauglers, arguing that authorities do not respect their lifestyle. 


Nicole Naugler wrote, "This is a choice. Intentional. And the children have been involved in these decisions. In short. We just wanted a simpler life. It's not for everyone but we love it.”



Publication date: May 14, 2015