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Single mother arrested, kids taken after she began homeschooling them—and one official is ticked off {VIDEO}

Single mother arrested, kids taken after she began homeschooling them—and one official is ticked off

Kiarre Harris hasn’t seen her two young children in three weeks.

That’s because authorities took the single mother’s elementary school-aged kids away from her and put them in foster care — and after New York’s Buffalo Public School District acknowledged in writing to Harris that it received her letters of intent to homeschool her children.

“I felt that the district was failing my children,” she told WKBW-TV, “and that’s when I made the decision to homeschool.”

Harris showed WKBW the documents she filed at Buffalo City Hall informing the district of her intent to homeschool her children, stamped “received” on Dec. 7, 2016. She also showed the station the letter she received from the school district’s homeschooling coordinator, also dated Dec. 7.

“I spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school,” Harris told WKBW.

But then things got strange.

Harris told the station Child Protective Services called a week later wondering why her kids weren’t in school.

“I told them that my kids were homeschooled now and that I could furnish the documents if they need to see them,” Harris told WKBW.

Image source: WKBW-TV video screen cap

Then she told the station that less than a month later CPS officials and police confronted her and said they had a court order to take her children.

Harris told WKBW she asked to see the court order, and when that didn’t happen, she refused to give up her kids — so she said she was arrested for obstruction and her children were placed in foster care. But in a video Harris posted to Facebook on Jan. 18, she said she was handed a court order, noting charges of “neglect.”

Buffalo Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. is calling on Family Court to return Harris’ children to her immediately, WKBW-TV reported in a separate story. He added that it’s “utterly unacceptable” that a mother was arrested for “educational neglect” because she decided to homeschool her children.

“Someone, somewhere messed up,” Wingo said at a Buffalo Common Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, the station said, “and that someone needs to face the music.”

Image source: WKBW-TV video screen cap

Wingo nted that “this does not pass the smell test” and that it “looks bad,” WKBW reported.

“Did anyone from the school reach out to the mother? We don’t know,” he added.

“A family was broken up because of someone’s negligence … somewhere along the line paperwork was not submitted which resulted in trauma for a family in the City of Buffalo,” Wingo said, WKBW reported.

The Buffalo Public School District told the station that a parent must have full custody of children in order to file for homeschooling — but Harris countered that she’s always had full custody until CPS took away her kids.

In addition, the district told WKBW that children are not to be taken out of school until individual education plans are approved. In that video she posted to Facebook on Jan. 18, Harris said she submitted those plans. It isn’t clear if those plans were approved.

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Some rough language):

Harris’ case has been sent to the Common Council’s Education Committee, which will address it Wednesday, WKBW said.

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Comment by Jerome S on February 16, 2017 at 1:47am
Looking like thy trying to scare her into submission (irs tactic 101). They don't reconize a female lion stays fierce until she allows her King to soothe her down. They probably just doing what they are told to do, like tools. Don't ever trust NO authority with the welfares of your children, they are 100% gonna screw up everything, everytime.

Suit.
Comment by D on February 14, 2017 at 5:36pm
That's insane. I have taken both my daughters out of school and home schooled them - one in Senior year of high school, and the other in her last semester of her senior year of high school - right here in NYC. In my case the school was Stellar but because of my daughters rigorous tennis training schedule coupled with tournaments etc it ws best that they home schooled. The NYC Board of Ed as well as The Beacon School understood and supported our decision. Happy to say that my young women are in college on scholarship.
I truly feel this single mom and her children were done a grave injustice. And I pray that she and her children are reunited soon.
Comment by Alando Swain on February 11, 2017 at 1:56pm
This only shows the government owns our. Children I went through the system for neglect because I refused to let those a******* test some new drug on my children... Guess what they got#nothingfuckem!!!!!!
Comment by Sandra Fuller on February 10, 2017 at 8:21pm
I hope she gets a good lawyer because she's being treated unfairly
Comment by Reesey on February 10, 2017 at 4:46pm
Im thinking of home schooling my children as well
Comment by Joseph Semper on February 10, 2017 at 1:32pm

Don't give up nor Give in! Keep up the fight.

Comment by Lu on February 10, 2017 at 11:48am
On point Pearl Green
They're mad when you know the truth...
She needs a strong legal representation.
Comment by Pearl Green on February 10, 2017 at 5:42am

When you home school your children they do not have to take inoculations, poisons that does mental and physical damage to the mind and body.  When they go to public school they are FORCED to take vaccinations!

Comment by Amanda G on February 9, 2017 at 9:08pm
Definitely sue
Comment by Andrea Badd on February 9, 2017 at 3:18pm

Sue

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