As the school year opened Monday, there was confusion from observers in the most recent hearing in the Tutt case. Judge Tena Callahan stated at a hearing August 22 that she would give her ruling on continued oversight of 4 of the Tutt children Monday, but Monday came and went with no word from the court. This inaction left the Tutt family with no choice but to continue to follow orders from January 7th that mandated they enroll their children in public school, in spite of repeated statements from the Judge, both this month and in June, that the family would be allowed to resume home schooling their children this Fall, as is their legal right.
Happily, a statement was released by the family around 7 P.M. on August 28th, following:
AUGUST 28, 2014
For Immediate Release
ORDER TO PARTICIPATE DISMISSED
On August 22, 2014, a hearing was held in front of Judge Tena Callahan of the Dallas County 302nd Judicial District Court. As a result of this hearing, Judge Callahan dismissed the Order to Participate for Trevor and Christina Tutt in regards to their children, Emma, James, Bailey and Chaniya, who were returned to them by order of the Court on January 7, 2014.
CPS will no longer have oversight of these four Tutt children, and the children may be home schooled once again.
The family asks for continued prayers as they seek justice for their other children.
While the order is a welcome relief for the family, who have received messages of support from all around the World, there are still cases pending on children who were not returned to the home, in the Dallas County Judge's 302nd Court.