Homeschooling Plano family locked in legal battle over noise levels

What began as outside playtime for a pair of homeschooling sisters has turned into a legal battle between neighbors.

10-year-old Lilly and 7-year-old Sophia Counts usually play in their back yard during the day. That is until the Ward family next door began retaliating, calling the noise level too loud and obnoxious.

The girls' mother, Kelly Counts, says the Wards went to the homeowners association and the City of Plano in an attempt to get the family's playhouse and swing set moved away from the fence. Both entities sided with the Counts.

For months now the girls' mother, Kelly Counts, says the neighbors have responded by playing loud, profanity laced, rap music whenever the girls go outside.

Last October, the Counts filed a civil suit against the neighbors, after the family says multiple attempts at a compromise were rejected.

The Wards responded with their own lawsuit against the Counts, as well as the homeowners association, asking damages, and for the playhouse and swings to be moved.

FOX4 tried to speak with neighbor Anita Ward, but she declined to comment.

The Counts say this kind of behavior sets a precedent for other homeschooling families with overbearing neighbors.

The family says the Wards are the only neighbors to have complained

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