6721507683_d00dd1395e_zA New Jersey homeschooling family is suing the state for $60 million over an incident in which a social worker barged into their home and interrogated their son over whether the family owned any guns.

“Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole of Belvidere filed a civil rights complaint in April in U.S. District Court in Trenton alleging “unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion,” World Net Daily reports.

On a January 2015 morning, the family found Michelle Marchese, a caseworker for the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP), banging on their door.

Marchese angrily demanded to be let in, insisting the family’s 15-year-old son, Christopher, Jr., was not getting a proper education. It was an anonymous statement from a child who knows the son that prompted the investigation.

“Not knowing the extent of his rights, Christopher Zimmer phoned local police. The police arrived on the scene but allowed Marchese to enter the home and continue to issue threats to the family and inspect the house, all without a warrant, the lawsuit states,” World Net Daily reports.

According to the suit, Marchese spent two hours aggressively interrogating the children and parents, incorrectly claiming homeschool curriculum “had to include what the public school system would have taught him, and that they had to both work with the public school and follow the public school curriculum.”

She asked the family to turn over to her records on textbooks, test scores and attendance, despite the fact New Jersey law does not require those records to be kept or given to state employees.

The family has no history of abuse or improper education. They have another child that was homeschooled, a daughter now studying to become a teacher, working as a classroom aide and making the dean’s list at her school.

Marchese then grilled the child over whether the family owned any guns.

The family owns guns, which are registered with the state, and kept locked in a safe separate from the ammunition in compliance with New Jersey’s anti-gun laws.

Nevertheless, she then demanded the father surrender his guns to her for inspection.

Marchese threatened to continue investigating the family. Despite cooperating fully, they got a letter from the DCP&P weeks later claiming, “We were unable to complete our assessment as it pertains to a referral made to our agency on 1/07/15, as you were unwilling to cooperate with the CWS referral process.”

Government agencies routinely target homeschooling families, who can’t fight back against the unlimited financial resources of the state.

But the Zimmers are not backing down.

“They can’t go around bullying people. We don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” said Christopher, Sr. “They knocked on the wrong door.”

The family is seeking $60 million.