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Buffalo, NY Mother Arrested For Homeschooling Her Kids

Kiarre Harris, a single mom in Buffalo, NY realized her school district was failing to properly educate her two elementary age children. So she filed the necessary paperwork to formally remove her kids from public school and begin the process of homeschooling them herself.

Ms. Harris says she went to city hall and picked up the paperwork she needed. She showed her local news station, 7 Eyewitness News, her paperwork that the school district acknowledged it had received. Harris told the news station, “I spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school.”

She said about one week later, she received a phone call from Child Protective Services (CPS) inquiring why her kids weren’t attending school. Harris stated, “I told them [CPS] that my kids were homeschooled now and that I could furnish the documents if they need to see them.”

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After speaking with CPS, Harris assumed everything was now sorted out and continued on with teaching her kids at home. But after a month passed, she was accosted by CPS and the Buffalo police department with an order to remove her kids from her custody. Harris refused to allow them to take her children and she was arrested for obstructing a court order.

Her kids were placed into foster care and Harris hasn’t been able to see them for over three weeks now. The Buffalo Public School District has tried to justify their actions by claiming Harris wasn’t able to remove her kids from school because she doesn’t have full legal custody of her children. She countered their claim by stating she’s always been a single parent and therefore she does have full custody of her kids.

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A local Buffalo councilman, Ulysses O. Wingo Sr., has weighed in on the matter and said it’s “utterly unacceptable” that Harris was arrested for “educational neglect” because she complied with everything that was required of her.

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123 comments

Nolly February 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

This is very informative keep up the great work positive is needed in soial media ase

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ISRAEL ISRAYAH February 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

Whoa! Are we paying attention brothers and sisters? I am unable to get many to understand this simple fact: THESE ARE YOUR KIDS! THE LAWS THE KID FOLLOWS 1ST IS YOUR LAW! IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN ACCORDING TO THIS ONE-DIMENSIONAL SYSTEM, IT IS YOUR GOD-GIVEN RIGHT…NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS PERIOD. THIS STATE INTERCEDING AND GIVING COURT ORDERS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND INFRINGES ON THE NATURAL RIGHTS GIVEN TO A MAN, WOMAN AND THEIR CHILD. A MOTHER DOES NOT HAVE TO DEFEND HER POSITION ON WHAT SHE DEEMS FIT FOR HER CHILD. IF SHE CHOOSES TO BRING HER CHILD UP DIFFERENTLY, THEN THAT IS HER RIGHT!

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Tah-Neka February 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Amen!!

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Tameka February 15, 2017 at 9:46 am

Yes you are correct. The problem is the law only works for a certain group of people. The school system is indoctrinating our children with the ways of,society that’s why its,a problem. I get a excellent attorney and sue that school system. She will be fine. This will be her testimony. It won’t be easy but she will be victorious….

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Thomasina Tijerina February 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

She’s teaching her children another, more important lesson.

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Alicia September 21, 2018 at 7:46 am

I home schooled my son in 1994. I’m a single parent, one child and white. If you think it’s hard now, she should have tried it back then! I went through a living Hell. Not only from social services and their goons, but the school department, my parents, it seemed like the entire world didn’t want my child to learn from home.

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Susan Gill-Orange September 21, 2018 at 12:27 pm

How did you support your children if you were at home all day homeschooling them? Just curious. Did you work at night?

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Michelle September 21, 2018 at 2:28 pm

I would assume that that would be none or your business.

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A Black Homeschooling Mom September 22, 2018 at 12:56 pm

It’s not impossible. I do it and work a full time job earning more than the average U.S. household.

Ann-Marie September 22, 2018 at 8:32 am

Sounds like a good lawsuit to me!

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Timeless Charisma February 16, 2017 at 3:47 am

It sucks but when you “register” your children with a “birth certificate” you actually are giving your rights away to the STATE! Be careful and understand all the laws governing this land. Peace

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tee March 30, 2017 at 11:05 pm

Truth right there…

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T September 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

Fact..social security #s and birth certificates are contracts that gives States and gov. ownership of us all

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Teresa September 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Oh wow. I know in some states if you are not married no one has legal custody of the child
You only find this out if you go filed for child support amd and its not required by the state to recieve benefits you have to file for custody at that time as well

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Dawn February 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

Absolutely! I have many friends who home school and one relative who did. All of their children are intelligent, well educated, well adjusted, respectful,
and NOT drug addicts, gang bangers or criminals.

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Wanda Dorn March 13, 2017 at 12:57 am

I agree. I know many successfully home schooled . I do however, have a problem with Charter schools. When you get entangled with the system, it can be dramatic – color be dammed. I admire that she is home schooling. Hope and pray it works out for her soon.

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Sherri Wilson February 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm

amen!!! DSS is a corrupt government agency that uses or children to pay themselves,get incentive checks and meet quotas!!!!

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Nathaniel Stone September 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm

First Off It Had To Be Set Up After One Week CPS Is Calling And Not The School

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Lynnette Owens September 21, 2018 at 1:04 am

That is because someone from the school called, after she inquired about home schooling her children, they was afraid of loosing government funds for her children attendance

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Nica September 21, 2018 at 12:16 pm

Sure was because after leaving the school, the school had to report the absences for children services to be aware.

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Zechariah The Messenger September 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

You’re 💯 percent right. Shalom

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Meredith September 20, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Disagree. I’m sure she is taking advantage of other government programs, and should adhere to the laws. Now, it seems she jumped through all the hoops the State asked of her, so her kids should still be with her. There must be more to the story. Whom do they assert has custody?

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Ashley Artis September 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

How tf are you so sure she’s taking advantage of other government programs? Do you know this woman?

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Vonda September 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Really, u are sure she is taking advantage of other government programs. U sound very ignorant. So now school is a government assistance. Get a life lady.

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anisa williamson September 21, 2018 at 6:44 pm

well when you sign the birth certificate you give the state superior authority.

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Sandra February 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Yes I agree smh this is sad

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E.Joyce February 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Did someone get her a good lawyer? If I had the money, I’d do it myself.

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Juanita September 18, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Start a go fund for her a legal counselor

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Janice hopes February 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Now call me what ever you want but Caucasian people homeschool all the time no one locks them up when we people of color decides to homeschool our children this is the result now I don’t know what the procedures are or what one must do to sign off on homeschooling but people do make mistakes and do things without proper procedure but this is a little over the top she has a right as a parent to decide what’s best for her children and family welcome to America where’s the justice and the fairness for the people

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CC February 14, 2017 at 10:38 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300568/Obama-administration-wants-DEPORT-home-schooling-family-Germany-fined-threatened-prosecution-teaching-children.html

There are all kinds of stories regarding parents of any color who try to home school their kids. This is why Democrats and the National Education Association are so afraid of Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy Devos. She is a proponent of homeschooling. Call me whatever you want, but too many people follow the crowd, and vote for the same people who want to strip you of your freedoms while claiming the other side is racists. Look at one of the stories on the front page. Republicans are absolutely not trying to ban “peaceful protests.” They are trying to curb protests that evolve into riots or infringe on other peoples’ rights, but too many fools will fall for the headline or live in denial of what’s really going on, and run out to vote for the Democrats who took this woman’s kids because she tried to home school them.

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Harlee February 15, 2017 at 12:33 am

I beg to differ CC. Betsy Devos is a proponent of there being plenty of educational choices regarding WHERE one is educated, i.e public, private, religious, charter, virtual schools and home education. However, once you introduce vouchers into the mix and tax money is part of the equation, you then are giving control of WHAT gets taught to the government. Home schoolers generally are not, and should not, be in favor of any kind of voucher because then comes oversight and loss of freedom in how a parent chooses to educate regarding content. And before you chose to argue, I am a long time home educating parent. I have done my research on this matter and have studied what Devos has said and written on the subject. What happened to the women in this clip should never have happened, children should not have been taken away, and the people involved with this should be asked to step down for their incompetence.

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Alicia February 21, 2017 at 10:07 am

Another homeschooling veteran here. I’m a liberal Democrat, support public schools, and I do not want any government funds for homeschooling. When you take the Queen’s shillings, you do the Queen’s bidding. Plus, I pay taxes for many government services that I may not have a direct benefit. For example, my taxes help pay for the fire dept. I hope I never need this service, but having it in our community helps keep my insurance rates low. High quality local schools helps support home values as well as support local economic development.

The !mother in this story should have her children returned to her immediately. She’s done nothing wrong.

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Concerned Citizen April 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

School choice is only choice of location whether it is a physical building or online school, it has nothing to do with choice of education. When federal money is taken strings are attached. All choices require the federal national standards (aka common core) and online digital assessments (you know those invalid standardized tests that are so secret). Here is the law

The Interagency Day Care Standards

Federal law that states “Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract… or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all program requirements (ed) that are set down for public schools. Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements.”

If you want to find out what school choice really is here is some information you can start with follow the money down the rabbit hole and you will find the answers and the real truth.

http://www.nhteapartycoalition.org/tea/2013/10/14/former-reagan-policy-advisor-stop-the-hijacking-of-educational-system/

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Hebrew Chic February 15, 2017 at 2:29 am

Have several seats. You have no idea!

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CarleeRae February 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

There are all kinds of stories about PARENTS, period, having trouble homeschooling their kids. Our school district gave me such a hassle to homeschool my children and continue to try convincing me to send my kids to their schools.
Harlee is absolutely right. Most of us do not want any further government involvement with our children’s education and are firmly against DeVos and her proposed vouchers. If we were interested in regulation, we would send our kids to public school.
This isn’t a bipartisan issue. The Democrats didn’t take her kids away. The Buffalo school system and CPS failed her.

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Niqui September 20, 2018 at 6:19 pm

So kneeling is not a peaceful protest? The President calling people names is exceptable?

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Nicki September 21, 2018 at 11:17 am

Um, white girl here. It’s not about race. My parents were arrested for homeschooling me. And it still happens to people of all races. Stop making everything about race.

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Timeless Charisma February 16, 2017 at 3:47 am

Actually she doesn’t have the right to….

It sucks but when you “register” your children with a “birth certificate” you actually are giving your rights away to the STATE! Be careful and understand all the laws governing this land. Peace

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Linda Divon February 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Not!! True y my co worker home schooled his daughter til he recently put her in CATHOLIC SCHOOL. #??✌

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Tillie February 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm

I am a white person with 7 homeschooled kids. We are in Virginia and have also homeschooled in Maryland. We have had CPS come to our door three times. Our first year, Baltimore City told us we were barely passing measure because we put a book report our 5 yo had done about Japanese Sumo wrestlers in the Social studies section of his portfolio. — all this is not to dismiss black families who also homeschool, but instead to say that her kids should not have been removed, and that homeschooling makes a family a gov’t school district target, whatever the family’/ ethnic heritage. In her case perhaps her race works against her as a “double-whammy”; in my family it is doubled because of how many children we have. They will try to get kids into the system by whatever means they can in some places.

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Tiffany Hofer February 19, 2017 at 8:19 am

She is asking for help to fund her legal defense. PayPal.me/Kiarre was the address. I contributed to help her, because I think it’s time for collective action

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L. Helling February 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm

So not true I am white and home school my child because the system failed him beyond belief. I have been harrased, looked down upon, threatened, they have even tried to subpoena me into truancy court. It definitly is not a black or white issue. It is a parent coming across a school with a wild hair up their ass. They don’t like you or take offense to the fact that you don’t like their teaching practices or lack thereof.

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JazzyJ March 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm

Were your children taken from you?

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Chantil September 20, 2018 at 2:06 am

Janice hopes- You’re wrong About it being about color. There are THOUSANDS of Caucasian people living their kids over homeschooling as well. This is about CPS being a money making racket and our constitutional rights as parents being violated. It’s no longer about color, it’s about child trafficking by our own government.

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Michelle September 21, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Now that wpuld be incorrect. When I went through homeschooling my children, especially my special needs daughter, I went through similar problems as this lady in the article. I was also a single mother at the time and I am Caucasian. The color of your skin doesn’t always come in to play.

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Jim Williams February 15, 2017 at 12:20 am

This is unacceptable. I have sent a complaint to the Buffalo police department via their contact form at http://www.bpdny.org/Home/Contact. And I encourage others to do the same. Their website is slow but it works. Here is what I said:

A friend has contacted me regarding the arrest of Kiarre Harris for home schooling her children. It is my understanding that she was arrested and her children confiscated despite having met all necessary requirements for home schooling. Further, it appears that nobody bothered to explain to her what the problem was before taking such harsh action.

I cannot imagine that any of this would have been done to her had she been white.

I request that you immediately drop charges against her, return her children to her, and either drop the matter entirely or else present an explanation of just cause to her and give her 30 days to obtain legal counsel and respond.

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Shelley February 15, 2017 at 11:27 pm

You are right it is slow, I will try again to submit the lettrt

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Timeless Charisma February 16, 2017 at 3:48 am

It sucks but when you “register” your children with a “birth certificate” you actually are giving your rights away to the STATE! Be careful and understand all the laws governing this land. Peace

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Jessica White April 5, 2017 at 5:43 am

She was arrested because she failed to show proof of sole custody in order to withdraw children from school, re:fail to educate….thats what color you have to be

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4gsl February 15, 2017 at 1:34 am

This is what happens when you give authority to any member of the communist Democrat Party.

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Shawnett Jones February 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm

That’s an oxymoron. One can’t be both. They are in contradiction to one another by definition.

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Violet Brown February 15, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Omg, these silly political, D vs R posts are clearly from trolling ass white men. Go away!

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Andrew Panken September 21, 2018 at 4:06 am

Racist

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Brianna September 19, 2018 at 7:22 am

What

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trisha February 15, 2017 at 5:55 am

Why is everything a black and white issue this is NOT a color issue this is a government vs mother issue. YES this has happened more than once to every color but it hasn’t been tossed in the news or plastered on FB why is that? ANYWAY I home schooled my son after problems at school for about a month and I got told to get him back in school I had no right- after doing what I was suppose to. I was a single working mom of seven raising my children with no help from anyone- I out him back in school I could not deal with one more issue in my life. They all graduated and did fine but I see now the boost they get from home schooling – going at their own pace- not being held back- this government just wants to hold on and tell us what to do- sadly. They teach them sex even when we dont agree, or gender issues before we can say a word, even how to use a tampon my daughter was taught in a class setting at 11 years old- even demonstrated it on a plastic doll ! I threw a fit no one cared- it was 4 years to early, and not their right but they do what they see fit. Some schools are good others are stupid. So sad I think everyone would home school OR DO WHAT I see a lot do now. Children In a group go to house to house within ten parents and each parent get a turn to monitor them on computers and teach- some rent a room somewhere and share the costs. Then they can have art gym and so on together.

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Gwendolyn February 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

Cases like this are why so many home school families join HSLD. This should never have happened in America! As a home school mom I struggle to find other black homeschooling families in my local area. We need to stick together, encourage each other, do what is best for our children and be prepared to fight the system when necessary. This is ridiculous!

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Janet j. February 15, 2017 at 11:03 am

I’ve been contemplating homeschooling my children this year. My 2nd grader is at a low first grade level. And my 3rd grader is gifted, and every year they try they’re hardest to dumb her down and get her at the level the rest of the class is on. The agenda they have on “our” children is real. Especially since they’ve started the zoning, they’re keeping our children confined to schools that are less equal and educated the what they’re supposed to be.

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Sally February 15, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Got that right. Look how similar schools and prisons are — ridiculously strict rules for the dumbest “infractions”. NOT to rap on the poor teachers caught in the middle — but schools are one-track focused, and yes, there IS an agenda. Praying for this woman and esp to get her kids OUT of foster care — we will “steal” them back WHATEVER IT TAKES. March For School choice !!! SHAME on the Buffalo PD and these cock and bull school admins—tar and feathers, get them ready. I kid you not. We SHOULD threaten in writing – and follow through on our threat – ANY public school or CPS that unjustly separates families. Strength in numbers.

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Al February 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Can you update? Did she get the kids back?

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iesha H February 16, 2017 at 1:04 am

Really happy that we as a black community are keeping eachother informed on things going on in our communities.

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Raphael February 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

Umm… If she doesn’t have full custody of her kids, then she doesn’t have the right to remove them… end of story ?

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Jamie February 16, 2017 at 11:34 am

Did you even read the article or watch the video? She’s a single mom. The father isnt around. He certainly didnt file a complaint. So why wouldnt she have custody? The birth mother automatically has custody unless someone takes her to court and she loses it

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Deb February 17, 2017 at 7:28 am

Actually, single mothers don’t have full custody. Even when the sperm donors are not around. I found this out the hard way. You have to go to court to get “custody” of your own children. If you are married, you have joint custody. If there is a divorce, then the judge orders who gets custody. I had to take my ex to court to get “temporary physical custody” of my kids. Because there is no such thing as permanent custody. But the gov-ment can put me in jail for “child abuse” when I don’t have legal custody of my kids for not providing the “proper” care. This is bullshit, but legal. I hope this mother wins her court case. And then sues the shit out of them for causing emotional distress.

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Jany February 18, 2017 at 8:43 am

Wow, I never knew. I’m awestruck that a single Mother does not have full custody unless she goes to court to get it. So why did it have to get to the level of the kids being removed from the home. Obviously she was left alone to provide clothing, food and shelter for her children. No one interfered with her custodial obligations as she raised her children providing for their needs while these children were in school. All of a sudden she decides to provide their education too and the government steps in to stop that, using a technicality to abuse their power. My point being, didn’t anyone along the way explain what she needed to do to make this arrangement legal. If the government really cares, they would have provided her with the assistance she needed. Instead they have traumatized this family.

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Stephanie February 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

She already did everything she was supposed to do. They were looking for any reason to keep them in the school

Richard February 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm

Was the fatherr there when child was enrolled in school? Did they refuse to allow the enrollment, because she didn’t have FULL CUSTODY?

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Linda September 19, 2018 at 6:13 pm

Technically if she doesn’t have legal custody of the children then she would not have been able to enroll the children either. The school district violated student privacy laws by furnishing her with the documents to unenroll them which in essence confirmed their enrollment, the homeschool cooridinator violated student privacy laws by speaking to someone other than their custodial parent about the attendance of the student. The CPS caseworked failed to immediately remove the children from a noncustodial parent upon first interaction. So she most likely has legal standing to file a claim in court as well as formal complaints with all state and federal boards under which school district and CPS fall. They can’t argue their mistake and not have the reverse be true. If they state she doesn’t have custody and therefore she cannot take them out of school then they have to justify why they acknowledged documents from a parent without custody. They also have to explain why they did not call CPS for child abandonment on the parent who does have custody. All of that aside what everyone should really be focused on is why is the Buffalo School District giving information about children to non parents? Can I just go take any kid?

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Nikki Coleman February 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Sadly what we all fail to realize is that our children, no matter who birthed them, belong to the state until you officially claim custody. I learned this when filing for child support and other legal forms of documentation. It’s crazy!

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Brad February 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

In 1992 I was taken out of public school by my mother who did not have sole custody.
My father was never asked nor gave approval.
She took me out of school first, then filled out the paperwork.

How does it make sense to arrest a mother and her two kids from her? There are actual tax dollars being paid to the idiots whose job it is is to disregard logic and destroy families.

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gkk February 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

If your father had joint legal custody, objected to homeschooling, and filed a motion for contempt of court, then the family law court would make the decision (of public school vs. homeschool) based on the best interest of the child. If the court order stipulated that you must attend public school but mom insisted on homeschool, she would be in contempt of court.

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Brad February 16, 2017 at 2:29 pm

take*

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CF February 17, 2017 at 1:40 am

I know this mother has done the right thing if she felt that it was necessary to take her children out of public school and homeschooling them herself was the right thing to do. I did it and was advised by homeschooling coalition that I did not have to explain to the school or no one else why I took them out of school and I did not and was not going to explain it to any I took them out with no problem but then family member did not like it and was all in my business and I was asked why I took them out of school my words was I don’t have to explain to anyone what I do with my children days later I get a call from the school district and told her the same thing I don’t have to tell anyone why I took my kids out of school I did it the right so stay out of my business and she never called me back. I homeschooled my children for about 2 1/2 years or more homeschooled them during the day and worked nights when I tried to put them back in public school the district that I had previously taken them out of would not accept them back and was trying to put them back in the grade they was in when I first took them out of school so they was trying to hold them back but that did not stop me I put them in a different district when I moved and they welcomed them tested them and was put in their right grade all three of my boy had ADHD and I felt they needed that one on one time and it paid off. These people are picking on this mother stay strong don’t let any one that was involved in sticking their nose in your business get away with what they have done to you including the court sue them all.

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Jason February 17, 2017 at 4:49 am

Shit like this is exactly why I left that shit hole city and state….the city government are a bunch of crookes. I pray she brings a lawsuit against the city and the state…Fuck Buffalo and its officials.
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ALICE M February 17, 2017 at 7:29 am

WE ARE INTELLIGENT, COURAGEOUS AND WE CAN DO ANYTHING THAT WE SET OUR MIND TO DO IF AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY…….

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David McLeod February 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm

This is incredibly racist. She clearly would not have been treated like this if she was white. I hope she gets a huge settlement out of this and this gets more attention in the news.

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Mom Arrested for Homeschooling Her Kids — Say What? – The Stir | Alckemy February 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Kyung Trotter February 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm

She dared to remove her children from a path to nowhere. All mothers who are stuck in garbage, “zoned” schools designed for our children to fail, should home-school their children. Cut the supply of slaves (See the 13th film) to prison, so that big businesses can’t make money off of this anymore.

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Lisa February 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm

How can I help with this situation? This is despicable!

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gkk February 21, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Encourage mom to petition the family law court to grant her sole legal custody of children. Until then, the father who was not mentioned in the article, has equal legal rights to the children’s education matter.

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Elizabeth Morgan February 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Praying for you Kiarre, and for your children. You made the right decision with your children except the system is corrupt. Homeschooling is a great idea, but it’s important to find an umbrella school and a support system like Home School Legal Defense founded by Michael Farris who supports parental rights!
Does anyone know who is defending her or if there is a go fund me online?

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids | Bcst Connect February 19, 2017 at 5:13 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Terri February 19, 2017 at 7:46 am

I really don’t understand this article… I’m a black woman that home schooled my children in Buffalo NY for 6 yrs… No problems… I took the same steps that this lady did… No problems….

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Theresa February 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Terri, the difference is she doesn’t have sole legal custody of her children. Though not mentioned in the article, the dad has equal legal custody. There’s more to this story… dad’s story.

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Felicia February 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

Please do a better job of explaining custody. She is the legal residential parent most likely. And primary custodian. Unless the father of the children signed away parental rights or the court has issued an order saying she is the sole custodial, legal and residential, she is not a full legal custodian. Additionally, there is more to this story than just homeschooling. Please provide all information otherwise we look no better than the crazy right wingers who publish their hyperbole.

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Theresa February 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

I agree with you wholeheartedly!

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids | News Go February 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Cheriese February 19, 2017 at 10:33 am

This story is heartbreaking. It’s stories like this one and more where most people can’t enforce their Legal rights because they don’t know how to OR can’t find an affordable attorney to help them. A few years ago, I was introduced to an affordable legal resource that protects my 5 sons, hubby and me with 24/7 Emergency access and more. We’ll never be without it. We can’t afford to NOT have it. I hope she’s able to get competent assistance ASAP.

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Icreepin February 19, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Actually both parties are right to some degree. The children legally have to goto school like all children and there is the option to home school children now which is a parents right.

The issue that I see coming from this is does the mother of the children have 100% custody of the children? if she does then yes its her right and she is the only person to make the decision. However if the child’s father has a right to the children and he did not sign off on the children being removed from the school to be home schooled then the school simply said the children were taken out of school incorrectly.

If the father of the children pays child support or if child support is ordered then the mother does not have 100% custody of the children. In which I would bet the children father or someone in his or her family had an issue made a few phone calls and the woman is in the issue that she is in.

If its determined that she does not have full decision making ability of the children then she either filled out the paperwork wrong or she lied on the paperwork. Having primary placement of a child does not give the parent full decision making ability of the child.

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids | CafeMom – The Stir – Forctr February 20, 2017 at 1:09 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids | iVersy February 20, 2017 at 2:32 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids February 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Richard February 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Did they require FULL COSTODY, or documentation verifying it, when children were enrolled in school? Did the they ever take children away? They are trying to cover their butts.

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids | HappyKlappers February 21, 2017 at 3:33 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids | CafeMom – The Stir February 21, 2017 at 4:09 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Mom Arrested After Homeschooling Her Kids | GarageShark February 21, 2017 at 4:13 am

[…] 7 Eyewitness NewsWhen a mother feels that the local education system is failing her kids, she’s often forced to take matters into her own hands. But one single mom in Buffalo, New York, is paying the price for trying to do right by her youngsters. Kiarre Harris was arrested for obstructing a court order after Child Protective Services tried to remove her children from her home claiming that she didn’t have the legal right to homeschool them. […]

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Brandi February 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm

I hope she sues for huge money, I hope she sets up a GoFundMe account. I will be happy to donate.

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RainBlue February 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Home School Legal Defense Association may be able to help!! https://www.hslda.org/ I hope this helps!!

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Isaac March 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

Is this paper only giving out news related to blacks. just a wonder!!

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Kira March 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm

You are a doll!!! Congratulations!!! ? you are more valuable than you can ever imagine!!! So inspirational!!! You go you little professor ?‍?

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Stepheny Seabolt March 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm

I’m sorry, but there has to be more to the story. NY is notoriously difficult for homeschoolers, even according to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). I don’t think even they want to take on this case. Always dig deeper, instead of just going with the first (or even second) article you read.

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Marquita Brown March 30, 2017 at 7:25 pm

A lot of people have responded by stating this is not about color but what I am seeing is the opposite. The system usually gives blacks harsher and more severe penalties. I agree that the state will fight you for homeschooling but in this case she was jailed and still is. Many of the white families commenting have not indicated they were imprisoned.

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Heather September 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

I just read this disgusting travesty of Justice & made a comment further down.
When I read this, I firstly took it as them being against her as a woman…then I weighed in the black woman factor. I am white..I have absolutely zero clue what it’s like to be black & I can’t pretend I understand what you’ve been through. All I can do is have empathy…TRY to put myself in your position. But, I know I will never truly experience what anyone in the black race has.
I can tell you that since I’m Irish (2nd generation American…dual citizenship) that I have experienced maybe a SMALL fraction of what a black person might feel. I just remembered being a child & was told that I couldn’t play with a friend…because I’m Irish Catholic, & her mother told her I was a dog & trash (she was Irish Protestant). Long war over in Ireland…also was called a “white n-word”. This woman made me feel worthless from childhood on up…

I digress…I just wanted to say that there are many that empathize with everything that’s going on. I wish to God it wasn’t like this.
But I myself had issues with my son’s school…he has ADHD & is on the autism spectrum. I tried to do everything I could for his education. It felt like I was against a massive wall…they only taught chocolate, vanilla, & strawberry. Well, I have lime sorbet…how on Earth can neapolitan ice cream change to accommodate lime sorbet?? I was never directly threatened with police, but I was…nicely threatened with DCFS.

This woman’s plight MUST be known throughout the US.

Single momma’s need to watch out for each other.

One Love ?

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Chequetta March 31, 2017 at 4:51 pm

This is totally racist! …and bullshit trumped up charges. They hate any black person who does not conform to what they are being told to do! Period ! it’s done to break one’s sprit. May this mother prevail over their racist bullshit!

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Heather Cottner September 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

I commend you for everything you’re doing EXACTLY RIGHT!!
NO one has any right to walk all over YOUR RIGHTS as a MOTHER to make sure your children are getting the best education possible!!
Keep fighting strong! Very admirable!!

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Chris September 18, 2018 at 11:36 am

If I’m that mother, who ever ordered, signed, and carried out that court order, they all die. All of them. Unlawfully take my kids, you lose your life. Period.

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Rebeca September 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

So a woman who has “19 kids and counting” can home school her kids but a single mom of two do the same thing goes to jail.. 🤔😡.. Smfh

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Davie September 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

the left waged war on home schooling years ago there have been soo many families ripped appart for the horrible crime of “home schooling” its rediculous

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Dave September 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

the left waged war on home schooling years ago there have been soo many families ripped appart for the horrible crime of “home schooling” its rediculous

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Vulpes September 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Title IV-E is evil. The States should not have a financial incentive to take people’s children away.

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Ashlee September 20, 2018 at 12:32 am

Schools didn’t want parents too homeschool because they lose a percentage of funding when they lose a student to homeschool. Ive had the school call cps on me after having my daughter home for 4 days when they’re the ones who told me to keep get home because they werent practicing the right precautions and my daughter caught lice for the 4th time in a row. So i kept get home like they said and cps was knocking at my door the last day smh. These schools don’t care about educations no more they don’t even fail kids that technically shouldn’t have passed outta crazy

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Chelle September 20, 2018 at 5:28 am

Wow this makes me think twice about deciding to homeschool my kids. At least in Florida, unmarried couples, the mother automatically has parental rights and custody. The father has to establish paternity even if his name is on the bc, in order to get rights and custody.

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Gary Steele September 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

It blows my mind how so called black pp could want government in ANY way, shape, or form! What ever they did to y’all is some mighty powerful juju!

Taxation is theft.
Statism is slavery.

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Mark September 20, 2018 at 5:53 pm

Time for a follow-up article.

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Matt September 21, 2018 at 12:01 am

https://hslda.org/content/
Totally worth it for any one deciding top homeschool.

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Novelle September 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Know your right or you have none! The situation could have been different if she had her attorney on the line! We ALL have rights but having access is a whole other thing! We All deserve equal access to the justice system! Message me for more information!
#legalshield

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rambler September 22, 2018 at 1:12 am

Truancy is not life threatening and no child should be taken from a parent simply because they are not in school. Talk about the state overstepping bounds. What are the foster care statistics for education? How many of their students graduate with honors? Is the state going to pick up the tab for the psychological damage done to the children who have been taken from their mother and are being detained against their will? Where are their rights? Is the foster care providing the same moral and religious teaching as the home? The United States has long touted that it has religious freedom. There is no religious freedom when the state makes it impossible for a parent to teach his/her child by separating them. There is no pursuit of happiness when the state can step in so easily and take children without any justifiable warrant and hold them without penalty. It is not a free state that kidnaps with impunity. Life long damage to the children’s emotional well being can not be avoided in a case like this. Three weeks is a long time.

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David September 22, 2018 at 10:05 am

Looks like Black America is being governed by plantation sentiments these days…Jesus.

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Ron Hudson September 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right ..

https://hslda.org

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