Single Mom Arrested And Kids Were Taken After She Began Homeschooling Them

Kiarre Harris felt that the district was failing her kids in their education, and decided to homeschool them. Kiarre thought that she had done all the right paperwork, and that her kids had been officially un-enrolled from school. The school acknowledged that they had received Kiarre’s intention in writing. Kiarre thought that she had done everything correctly.

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

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

Soon after that Kiarre received a very disturbing call from Child Protection Services asking why her kids were not in school. She offered to show them the official letter from the school.

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

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Less than one month later the Police and CPS confronted Kiarre with a court order to take her children away from her and place them in foster care. Not only that, when Kiarre refused to give them up, she was arrested on charges of neglect. Kiarre refused to give up her kids because no court order was shown to her after she asked to see one.

Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo Sr made it known to the Family Court that her children should be returned immediately , adding that it was totally unacceptable for anyone to be arrested for ‘educational neglect’. Someone had messed up very badly, and that person should be made to face the music.

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

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The councilman made a strong point of saying that a family had been broken up, entirely due to someone’s negligence. Somewhere the correct paperwork had been misplaced and as a result, the family was pulled apart. The school had nor reached out to Kiarre to communicate with her and make sure she was doing things correctly.

“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.

For homeschooling to be accepted, the parent must have full custody of the children, which Kiarre claims she had until she was arrested. Individual education plans must also have been submitted, which Kiarre says she did. In a video which she posted on a social media platform, Kiarre says that she submitted the plans. The video clip contains some graphic language.

The case has now been forwarded to the Common Council’s Education Committee who will decide what happens next. Kiarre is hoping to be released very soon and reunited with her kids, where she plans to continue homeschooling them.

Source: The Blaze

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