Was Another Mother arrested for Homeschooling Her Children: Kids seized by CPS

Single mother Kiarre Harris is claiming that Child Protective Services arrested her and seized her kids for deciding to homeschool them.

Buffalo, New York Mother Kiarre Harris says she started researching homeschooling last November because her children were not excelling at the failing Buffalo Public Schools they were attending. “I felt that the district was failing my children and that’s when I made the decision to homeschool,” she said.

Harris claims she did everything by the book, and judging from paperwork she provided to local Buffalo news organizations it appears that she indeed filed the appropriate paperwork to withdraw her children from the public school system and homeschool them. In fact, Harris has paper stamped “received” on Dec. 7, 2016, from the school district.

“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.

Despite claims that she followed the district’s rules, a week later Child Protective Services started calling Harris asking why her children were not 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.

A couple of weeks’ later CPS officials and police confronted her with a court order to take her children.

So what’s the truth here?

The school district is refusing to comment on the case, claiming that pending litigation and privacy laws prevent them from commenting on what happened. But Buffalo Councilman Ulysses O. Wingo Sr. is calling on Family Court to return Harris’ children to her immediately, saying it’s “utterly unacceptable” that a mother was arrested for “educational neglect” for wanting to homeschool her children.

I’ll be the first to say that from a political standpoint the mother seems a little wacky; her social media posts contain all sorts of references to Black Lives Matter and a number of other radical left-wing groups and positions. That being said; your political viewpoints should have no bearing on a case like this.

Hell yes, I disagree with probably 90% of what this woman says; but if her children were indeed taken because she decided to teach them in a matter that she deemed better than the failing public school systems, then the government has no right to say a word. They have no right to take someone’s children because of their political viewpoints or because they spoke out against the failing public school system.

We’ve covered cases like this numerous times in the past; just recently we covered a case where a mother from Ohio was sentenced to 180 days in jail for not filing paperwork in a format that was acceptable to the local school district – despite the fact that her children were thriving in their homeschool setting.

New York homeschooling laws state that a parent or guardian must submit a notice of intent to homeschool to a school district superintendent in the beginning of the school year or within 14 days of starting a homeschool program during the school year. Other requirements along with the notice of intent include: an individualized home instruction plan or a learning syllabus detailing curriculum materials; plan of instruction and textbooks that will be used while homeschooling; and attendance records that show the child has met the substantially equivalent 180 days of schooling per year.

As with many of these cases, there are always two sides to every story. But since nobody from the school district will comment on the situation and CPS is also refusing to say a word, right now we have only the mother’s words, and paperwork which seems to indicate she followed the local government’s rules.

What is clear is the public school systems have entirely too much power over how you educate your children. In some states, such as New York, even after legally pulling your children from the public school system you are still required to be part of that system. Many of these government run school districts force you to file monthly or quarterly reports so they can basically spy on what you are doing in your homeschool.

Here she is in a Facebook Live Video where she describes what happened in her own words:

9 Comments

  1. Homeschool Mom
    February 8, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I noticed that none of the left-wingers who constantly attack you on your facebook page seem to have anything nice to say when you cover someone who is on their side. Oh well, the normal people realize that you are actually far fairer than the idiots in the mainstream media.

    As for this case, I agree that her politics are off the deep end, but like you said that has nothing to do with this case and it is really quite scary how much power these school districts and CPS actually have. Now back to politics, the left should think about this story when they keep wanting to fund these failing schools and give them unlimited amounts of power. Hopefully it will open some eyes on the left, and maybe we can at least agree on this.

  2. p
    February 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    CPS needs to be investigated! Someone needs to look into how much money they get and how the “social workers” are incentivized into taking kids out of their homes.

  3. B from CA
    February 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    President Donald Trump could save a ton of money by simply eradicating the entire system. It is not only a huge waste of money, it is destroying families.

    If you see a parent mistreat a child, I mean viciously, sure, an old fashioned intervention is in order. But handle it on the spot. Don’t call some agency.

    Even really bad parents are usually better than Foster homes. Strangers may be well intentioned or just earning a couple hundred extra dollars. Children prefer to be beaten by their own parents, than shown kindness by a stranger. Besides, what is considered abuse today, was just discipline a few generations prior.

    • Lynne
      February 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Are you stupid? I am a product of the foster system because of child abuse and neglect in the home back in the early 70s. If it wasn’t for CPS I probably wouldn’t be alive, not would my brother!

      • B from CA
        February 11, 2017 at 8:53 am

        Lynne:

        No, I’m not stupid. I am sorry for your misfortune. Unhappily there will always be casualties regardless of whether the State has the ultimate power over our children or whether the parents have ultimate power over children.

        The causes of child abuse such as drug addiction and insanity are problems which have a direct effect. Dealing with these things apart from interfering in the child-parent bond is preferred.

  4. Jill
    February 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    It’s a weird world we live in, how we’ve come to a place where the government is allowed to take children or tell a parent how to educate their own child is almost unbelievable. It’s sad that so many people think this is okay.

    • lane
      February 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      The government has to much control over much of our lives. They not only tell you how to educate you’re children, but also tell you how to raise, discipline, etc..

      Although I do not agree with this mothers politics, I do believe she has the right to want a better education for her children, if she believes home school is better for her children its her right, her children, not the governments. Usually I would say they just mad cause that’s however many children she has they cannot brainwash in their politically correct, no borders, socialism utopia. It appears she will do that just fine on her own.

      Take a long look at our society and current events. We are seeing exactly what time-out, everybody gets a trophy and government over stepping it’s boundries gets us. Sure there is a time and place government can and should step in, but they have severely abused their powers and it has done nothing but inpower bad behavior in youth.

  5. JAS
    February 9, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I am no supporter of public schools and hopefully they will be defunded completely in the next few years. There is no guarantee of a free education in my books. I paid to educate my kids and everyone else can too. Shut the damn schools down.

  6. Me
    February 9, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Don’t enroll your kids in the first place.

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