Friday, June 17, 2005

Big Brother: Milwaukee Child Welfare Dept

The parents of two students at a private Christian school in Milwaukee, Wis., have sued government officials after a social worker allegedly body searched and interrogated the children without permission.

Seeking declaratory and injunctive relief as well as monetary damages, the
American Family Association Center for Law & Policy and attorney Michael D. Dean filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the parents Wednesday, citing multiple violations of constitutional rights, according to a statement from the lawyers.

The suit alleges social worker Dana Gresbach illegally entered the private school, Good Hope Christian Academy, by wrongly informing the principal that the law required she be allowed access to the children and ordering the principal not to contact the parents.

The attorneys point out, however, that in a recent federal lawsuit against the same government agency, the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that it is "patently unconstitutional" for government officials to seize a child on private school premises without a warrant or an emergency. (

We shall see.

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