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Raymond family struggles with residency issues as school begins

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - School has started for Hinds County students, but a Raymond family is still struggling to get their grandchildren inside the classroom.  

Nine year olds Cincere Cannon and Reuben Bowman should be in class.  While their friends are hitting the books at school, they are watching cartoons at home.

"They feel sad.  They want to go to school," said Phyllis Gibson.  She is Cannon's grandmother and Hugh Funches is Bowman's grandfather.  They all live at 9 Underhill Street, less than a half mile away from Raymond Elementary School, but the family is struggling to get the boys inside.

"It looks like it is easier for them to go to the county jail than it is for them to go to school," said Funches.

Gibson and Funches said they have provided all the necessary paperwork to prove residency and custody of the children.  

"I just don't understand why we are having so many problems to get them in school.  We carried all the documents up there that they asked for, but that still ain't enough," said Gibson.

"If they don't get in school, they will fall behind," said Funches.

WLBT called James Mason at the Hinds County School District and explained the family's situation.  Within a few hours Mason returned WLBT's call and said there was a "misunderstanding" with the paper work and Bowman can start school first thing Friday morning.

As for Cannon, Gibson said he can start school after she produces a more recent copy of the legal custody agreement.  Her attorney is working on it so he can start hitting the books too.

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