Last year this blogger wrote a blog titled “Here Are 7 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Joe and Nicole Naugler”. I am always amused when people who don’t actually know me, pretend that they do. So as the actual expert on my life, I will clarify Ms. Brightbills misleading blog which you can read here
1. Homeschooling is legal. She is correct on homeschooling laws on Kentucky. However, homeschooling was cited for the reasons the CPS involvement. I don’t recall saying that was the sole reason. But yes, we are a homeschooling family, and that played a role in my children’s abduction. The court documents this blogger posted state that. I don’t know why she would ignore that. On her behalf, Ms. Brightbill wrote her blog before the Cos made an official finding. It was failure to register as homeschoolers. That was all CPS found.
2. The CPS Complaint. “As you can see, unlike what the Nauglers are stating publicly, the children were not removed because they were homeschooling—the accusation that the children were not enrolled in school is one small portion of a lengthy complaint.” Again, we didn’t say that. We have always been upfront and released the CPS complaint from the beginning.
“Notice that the allegations include the father threatening a neighbor with a weapon,”— yes. Allegations. That has absolutely nothing to do with a CPS case. Menacing is a class B misdemeanor. They don’t take kids for class B misdemeanors.
“that the property includes numerous piles of garbage, scattered broken glass and nails, and mention of the family residing in makeshift tents. The photos posted on the Nauglers’ Facebook page and blog back up those allegations.– none of those things warrant removal of children.
The following comments were posted either on Nicole Naugler’s personal Facebook page or on the family page by people claiming to know the Nauglers. I cannot verify the veracity of the claims, but they certainly present a different narrative than the one presented by the Nauglers. (Note: these posts have since been deleted by the Nauglers)— the first image is of a twisted account of the menacing story. We have never stolen water. Not ever. The others are just common criticism. You are a bad parent blah blah blah. Nothing substantiating. Then there is the one from the family who said we were the only ones banned from their home. I posted a few weeks ago that story. We hung out with this family in their home 3-4 times. The last time we had a debate on healthcare and government. They sent us a FB message saying we were just too competitive. One of my sons was actually still FB friends with them at the time of that post. Odd. I don’t fault Jon and Amy for it. They were generally nice people. I hope one day they apologize for creating a false image of us.
3. Living Conditions. The damn 3 walled cabin. Yes, in May, the cabin had 3 walls. We opened up the cabin on purpose. It was safe from the elements. In the winter however, it had 4 walls. As I have stated numerous times, but people don’t listen, we returned the prefab to save on funds, we built this cabin with the only goal of getting by till spring. I am the first to admit that it was rough. But it was a stepping stone, not the end goal. And guess what. We survived. We didn’t get sick or hurt. We managed to sustain on a limited income. We were positioning ourselves to be able to swim instead just treading water.
I want to add here I’ve seen people misinterpret some of the photos. The stick walls were a fence. The tarp covered the real walls which lacked siding. The big tarp covered the picnic area. Ariel photos show our multi colored metal roof thus proving we didn’t have a tarp roof, it was metal. The snow in the counters was outside, on an outside counter. Not in the cabin. And if you are the type who still thinks our cabin was exposed to the outdoors and unsafe. WE SURVIVED A HARSH WINTER IN A 3 WALLED SHACK. So there’s that. But anyone who knows me, will tell you. I’m not that bad ass. I’m a wuss when it comes to cold. I WAS WEARING A SWEATER IN MAY.
4. This is not their first contact with CPS. As I blogged the other day, we had 8 CPS contacts. That has nothing to do with us, it has everything to do with the type of people who call CPS. It also shows CPS was aware of our lifestyle. During the visits in 2013 I was told by the worker ” people don’t live like you. People will find it odd. I expect more calls”
5. Possible identification abuse: it’s not legally required to register your birth or file for a SS number. My children’s identities were never in jeopardy. This is a weak tactic used to discredit my family and invoke fearful emotions on readers.
6. Previous run ins with the law. Another tactic. “Previous run ins with the law” is a phrase used to create an image of negativity. But what runs in were these? A missed court date and a few traffic tickets and a bounced check. Not the hardened criminal they would like you to think. It’s not a pattern of criminal activity.
7. The audio recordings. My biggest flaw here is my argumentative side. I need to remember “I don’t answer questions am I being detained” I didn’t. I said blah blah blah you little whore. But I asked the Sheriff numerous times. What was he concerned with. He never answered. He saw both my sons. He didn’t request they speak with him. He only wanted a visual. He later admitted it was because he already planned to ambush me, and wanted to lay out his plan. If my children were in immanent danger, why was Joe, the “armed and dangerous one” given 12 hours to surrender our 8 younger children?
I know I was hysterical in my audio. I can’t imagine any mom not doing so, especially one who is pregnant which already comes with the tendency to be excessively emotional.
None of this justified the abduction of my children. None of this justified keeping them for 8 weeks. This was a lesson. The message is clear. Invoking your rights makes authorities suspicious. Not cooperating with law enforcements demands is interpreted endangering your child. I saw a video the other day, the office was beating a woman. He told her ” if you don’t agree, you can sue the department. You don’t fight, you sue”. This is a clear message that you have no rights and no freedom to invoke them. Do as your told and no one gets hurt. This is what you tell people dealing with terrorists, not law enforcement.
*edited to add. Reading the comments on the original post. I did ask for an attorney. Several times that day. And I asked numerous times for a warrant. And the timeline of events was we first spoke to CPS was around 10am on May 6th. My children were taken around 8pm that same day.
*also, please share this blog where ever you see Ms. Brightbills blog.