School district kicks kids out of school they have been attending for two years

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Her kids haven't been to school in nearly three weeks, and she says there's nothing she can do about it.

A parent in the Turner Unified School District says her kids aren't welcome. Roche Garcia, a mother of four, says the school system determined the family doesn't actually live within the district, even they eat and sleep five minutes away from classrooms.

"It's horrible. I don't want anyone to go through this. It affects kids' lives," Garcia said.

Garcia says her kids are victims, because the school they've attended for two years, Junction Elementary School, doesn't want them anymore. A school district spokesperson says they've asked Garcia to prove she lives within the district, but they're convinced she and her kids don't qualify.

Garcia's two children who are school-aged want to go to school, but instead, they've spent the past three weeks at home. A school district spokesperson confirmed an inspector working for the district saw Roche dropping off and picking up her children to catch the bus on two occasions.

"I was like, I don't understand. I've been living here two years. My kids have been attending this school for two years," Garcia said.

Doug Powers, a spokesperson for Turner Unified School District, tells FOX 4 News Garcia was asked to prove her residency.

The district wanted to see a lease with her name and her children's names. However, Garcia and her kids live with her mother, and their names aren't on the lease. Garcia says her mother provided housing for her and the children to help them through hard times.

"My mom is helping me out until I get on my feet. I don't want to be on the lease. She knows I'm going to get on my feet so she doesn't want me on the lease," Garcia explained.

Meanwhile, her kids have missed nearly three weeks of class.

"The more we stay (in school) the more we get to learn," Arell Garcia-Anthony, Garcia's 10-year-old son, said.

Powers says the district says the leasing agent in charge of the Garcia's rental home confirmed Roche and the four kids don't live there.

"I don't understand. Just because I'm not on the lease doesn't mean I don't live here. I'm still here," Roche Garcia said.

Garcia, who graduated from nearby J.C. Harmon High School, says she's desperate to get her children back into public schools. She told FOX 4 News she's considering applying to every other school district in the metro, and using rejection letters from those systems to prove to Turner Schools she has nowhere else to turn.