Kiarre Harris, is a single mother from Buffalo, NY who felt that her school district was failing to properly educate her two children so she decided to take matters into her own hands. Harris took the steps to file the necessary paperwork to legally have her children remove her kids from public school and began to homeschool them herself.
Harris showed 7 Eyewitness News the confirmation she received from city hall acknowledging that they received the paperwork she submitted to remove her children from the public school system. She told the news station that she “spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school.”
According to Harris, about one week after receiving this confirmation she was contacted by Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS wanted to know why her kids were no longer attending school. Harris stated advise CPS that her kids were homeschooled now and that I could show the documents she received from city hall if they needed further clarification.
Harris says after she spoke with CPSm she assumed everything was taken care of so she continued to her kids at home. Apparently this was not the case. About a month later, Harris says she was issued an order from CPS and the Buffalo police department remove her kids from her custody. After Harris refused to allow her children to be taken away, she was arrested and charged with obstructing a court order.
Harris’ to children were taken from her and placed in foster care. She says she hasn’t been able to see them for over three weeks. The Buffalo Public School District says they were justified in taking custody away from Harris because she doesn’t have full legal custody of the children and thus didn’t have the right to remove the kids from school. Harris says she has always been a single parent and therefore she does have full custody of her kids.
Buffalo councilman, Ulysses O. Wingo Sr., stated that it’s “utterly unacceptable” that Harris was arrested for “educational neglect” because she complied with everything that was required of her.