The Decision to Homeschool Led to One Mother’s Arrest


November 17, 2018 / by

By Brittany Hunter

Raising children is no walk in the park, but it’s even more difficult when the state dictates what you can and cannot do with your own family. Kiarre Harris, a devoted single mother, had been trying her hardest to provide her children with the best possible upbringing.

After growing concerned that her children were not receiving an adequate education from the Buffalo public school system in New York State, she made the decision to pull her kids out of their school.

“I felt that the district was failing my children,” Harris reported.

Harris’ feelings are not uncommon among parents of public school students. Government schooling has been failing children for years. However, since it is funded through tax dollars, rather than being a product of the market, it is incredibly difficult to keep public schools, and public teachers, accountable. This is precisely why many parents have begun considering other options that are better suited to their children’s educational needs.

Frustrated and desperate for an alternative, Harris spent time researching homeschooling, which she ultimately decided was the best direction for her family. Unfortunately, the state disagreed.

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Judge Rejects Family’s Emergency Petition to Halt Chemotherapy for Long Island Teen Whose Cancer Is in Remission

By Greg Cergol

A 13-year-old Long Island boy battling a rare and deadly form of leukemia stood with his parents in family court Monday, sharing another disappointment as a judge rejected the family’s emergency petition to halt his daily chemotherapy treatments.

“I don’t need chemo because I don’t have any more cancer in my body,” Nicholas Gundersen told reporters Monday. “It’s difficult because every time I get it, I always feel sick. And I don’t want to feel sick if I don’t have to feel sick.”

The teen’s cancer is said to be in remission, but his doctors at NYU Winthrop Hospital insist the boy needs 40 more months of chemotherapy. A spokesman for NYU Winthrop said previously, “Unless chemotherapy is continued, those [cancer] cells can once again multiply and the results are usually fatal.”

When mom Candace Gundersen decided not to continue chemotherapy treatments for her son, instead seeking a second opinion from other doctors and planning to focus on a non-toxic alternative therapy for the teen, Suffolk County’s Child Protective Services seized custody of Nicholas.

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D.C. Bureaucrats Are Trying to Make Parents Get a License to Let Children Play Together

By Kerry McDonald

Let’s say you and some of your friends decide to gather your young children together a couple of days a week for a few hours of free play. Maybe you switch off who leads the gaggle of kids each week, allowing for some shared free time and flexibility. Sounds like a great arrangement for all, right? Your kids get to play freely with their friends, and you get some occasional free babysitting.

According to government officials in Washington, DC, arrangements like this are violations of the law. They are cracking down on what they call an illegal “child development facility” operating without a license.

The Regulation of the Playdate

Back in the 1970s, a group of parents got together to create an informal playgroup for toddlers in DC in a spare room of a local church. Over the last 40 years, groups of parents and their two-year-olds have enjoyed these three-hour playgroups, which children can attend up to three days a week. The playgroup is staffed by parents of the kids who attend, and they take turns watching the children. There is no paid staff.

The parents are outraged, arguing that this is an informal, parent-led playgroup that should not be regulated as a child care facility.

According to a recent Washington Post article written by Karin Lips of the Network of Enlightened Women, “Some DC government officials now are trying to regulate the program, which they contend is an illegal child-care facility.” The Office of the State Superintendent of Education investigated the playgroup cooperative in early September and issued a statement saying the group is violating child care facility laws and must get a license to operate.

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Court: California county’s medical exams on kids illegal

A California county cannot routinely examine the genitals of children removed from homes on suspicion of abuse without a court order or consent from their parents, a U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The examinations performed in San Diego County even in cases in which sexual abuse was not suspected violated the U.S. Constitution, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously.

A call to an attorney with the San Diego County counsel’s office, David Brodie, was not immediately returned.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by two parents, Mark and Melissa Mann, who were not notified when their four children were examined by a doctor at a temporary shelter, the Polinsky Children’s Center, after the county removed them from their home in 2010.

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Judge orders largest sanctions ever against CPS for lying to remove kids

By Randy Wallace

“This is by far the largest sanction I’ve ever been a part of or ever heard of being imposed against CPS,” said attorney Dennis Slate.

Family Law Judge Mike Schneider says he would have made Child Protective  Servicespay even more but didn’t want to burden taxpayers.

The judge found CPS case worker Levar Jones and his supervisor Niesha Edwards lied in order to take Michael and Melissa Bright’s 2-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son away from them.

“And the fact that CPS still has those two people employed is disgusting,” said attorney Stephanie Proffitt.

“I think people would be really concerned if they actually sat here and listened to all of these days worth of CPS covering up the lies they told,” Slate said.

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Mental impairment isn’t grounds to end parental rights, Minnesota Court of Appeals says

The parental rights of a mentally disabled father were wrongly terminated, appeals court rules. He is overjoyed, his lawyer said. 

A man from Detroit Lakes, Minn., regained parental rights to his young daughter Monday when the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that those rights had been wrongfully terminated based solely on his mental impairment.

The court ruled that there was no evidence that the father’s intellectual impairment interfered with his ability to be part of a parent-child relationship. It also noted that Becker County District Court had failed to find that child protection had undertaken reasonable efforts to reunite the man with his 2½-year-old child.

While the ruling does not mean the child will live with her father full-time, it upholds his identity and rights as her father, including his access to her.

“He was overjoyed with the ruling,” said Tim Dodd, the man’s attorney. “The case stands for the proposition that a parent ought to have a chance. It’s all he ever wanted.”

In the ruling, Judge Larry Stauber wrote that the Appeals Court couldn’t find any cases affirming the termination of parental rights based only on a parent’s mental impairment.

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CPS Caseworker in Arizona Turns Whistleblower – Reports on Abuse of Power

ABC 15 Arizona interviewed a former CPS caseworker turned whistleblower regarding some of the alleged abuses in the Arizona foster care system. The caseworker reportedly quit her job after seeing the abuse of power within CPS last year.

Keeping her identity hidden, the former caseworker claims that many of her colleagues forged reports and were not truly investigating the welfare of children taken into state custody. She claims there was one instance in which a child died while in state custody, and the caseworker knew nothing about it.

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