Single mother Kiarre Harris was upset because her two little girls were not doing well in the failing Buffalo, NY school system. She began investigating homeschooling and decided that she would go that way with her children’s education. She notified the school as required by law and they notified her that her children were no longer enrolled in Buffalo Schools, so she began homeschooling her children.
Harris received a call from Child Protective Services asking why her children weren’t in school. She explained to them that she was homeschooling her children and could produce the necessary paperwork to prove it. She didn’t give it another thought until less than a month later CPS showed up at her house with the police with an order allowing them to kidnap Harris’ children. When Harris objected, she was arrested for obstruction. She has not seen her children in three weeks.
She says she hasn’t seen her kids in three weeks, and they’ve been in a foster institution.The Buffalo Public School District says it cannot comment on this case due to Federal Laws but says in order for a parent to file for homeschooling, they must have full custody of the children.Harris says she’s a single parent and has always had full custody until her kids were taken away.This case is far from finished. The Buffalo Common Council will be addressing it tomorrow.
Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. says it is “utterly unacceptable” that a Buffalo mother was arrested for “educational neglect” because she decided to homeschool her children.
“Someone, somewhere messed up, and that someone needs to face the music,” Wingo said at a Buffalo Common Council meeting Tuesday afternoon.
In December 2016, Kiarre Harris submitted written paperwork notifying the Buffalo School District of her intent to pull her two children from PS 95-Waterfront Elementary and PS 65-Roosevelt ECC. That paperwork was stamped, indicating the District had received it on December 7th.
“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 7 Eyewitness News.
Wingo has called for the court to return Harris’ children to her immediately.