defiance of the law and his determination to have his children removed
from the public school system led to his ostracism in the community
and eventual excommunication from the Mormon Church.
his first arrest and court appearance, Singer was allowed to teach his
children at home under guidelines from the state which included testing
twice a year and evaluation by a psychologist. Even though his children
tested below average, the psychologist advised the school board to continue
the exemption. However, Singer grew dissatisfied with the arrangement
and felt that the state still had too much authority over his children.
He informed the psychologist that the family would no longer comply
with the state's program.
faced new legal problems after 19 October 1978 when a district court
awarded Dean Black a decree of divorce from Shirley Black and temporary
custody of the couple's children. When authorities went to the Singer
farm to pick up the children, Singer refused to surrender them.