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THEY LOST A CHILD......

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WHY IS NO ONE LOSING THEIR JOBS?!?!?! This happened at my youngest's school. and even WORSE.... HIS TEACHER is the one that let the child go!

http://www.wsav.com/story/21761562/child-wanders-away-from-elementary-school


SAVANNAH, GA -

It's every parent's worst nightmare -- your child disappears from a place you thought they were safe, and no one can find them for hours. That's what happened to a Savannah family last month.

This family called it the worst experience of their lives. Their little girl wandered away from Largo-Tibet elementary school on a cold rainy day last month-- and wasn't found until more than two hours later.

But their daughter getting lost isn't the only thing that has this family upset.

Until about a month ago, Tammy Todd's five year old daughter Alayna attended kindergarten at Largo-Tibet elementary school. That all changed after February 25th, when her older son drove to the school to pick alayna up. Tammy says, "They called for her, she didn't come, so they kept calling for her and he called or texted me about, probably 20 minutes after he got there, and said they couldn't find her."

Tammy headed for the school and found her son sitting in the office. "And nobody was doing anything, so I said, did you tell them they you're up here? And he said yes, and they told me to sit right here and I said well, let's go look for her." The two started searching and ran into Alayna's teacher, apparently doing the same thing. Tammy says, "I saw her and i just started crying and I said, um, you know, they lost my baby. And she said, I will never let her go to the bathroom by herself again."

Tammy learned that during dismissal, her daughter had asked to use the bathroom and was allowed to go. The one nearest the gym unavailable, her daughter had to go back into the school. Staff began calling the buses and daycares to make sure Alayna wasn't with them. Her child had been missing about an hour when she was told police hadn't been called. She tried calling Metro herself, and says she was told they had to be called by the school resource officer. He walked in nearly fifteen minutes later. A group of her friends had gathered at the school, and some began searching the neighborhood. Tammy says, "It was raining that day, freezing cold, and everybody who was looking for her was knee deep in mud, looking in the ditches. My husband kept coming back and forth, just hysterical, you know. At that point, two hours had gone by and nobody knew where she was."

Finally a friend who works at a local radio station put information out over the air and on their facebook page. It was one of those listeners who spotted her daughter around an hour later, about eight blocks from the school. Reunited with her parents, the little girl shared her story. "When she came out of the bathroom, she got confused and didn't know which way to go, so she went to the front of the school cause she knew how to get there." Tammy says from there she followed some kids across the street, hoping to play, but was told they had to go home. So the five year old decided to try to find her house, meeting another child along the way. The older child stays home in the afternoon alone, and invited Alayna over to play. After being inside for a while, she'd gone outside, and that's when she was spotted... more than two hours after she left the school. "I just felt so helpless, because we as parents had done what we should do. We're driving around the neighborhood, we're looking through the ditches, but the police weren't even contacted," says Tammy.

The Todd's have since moved Alayna to a private school. News 3 called the Savannah-Chatham School District offices to ask about the policy when a child goes missing. We were told that in this instance - proper procedures did appear to have been followed - which include a search of the school, a call to the buses, then notifying parents and the school resource officer. We were told District's notes regarding the incident show Metro Police did assist in the search starting sometime after five p-m. So we asked whether that procedure - which took around an hour - is appropriate when the missing child is so young. In response to this incident – we were told protocols have been put in place at Largo-Tibet to have a closer monitor during dismissal time.

by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:08 AM
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bowribbonmama
by Ruby Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM
I would be PISSED. I had a situation ALMOST like this last year when my DD was in JK.
She was scheduled for a speech assessment with a lady at the school. When the lady got there she went to the classroom and picked my DD up, told the teachers assistant that she was taking DD for her appointment and left (she is registered to work within the school).
We met the lady and my DD in the school and stayed during the evaluation. After it was done, about 1 hour or so later I brought her back to the classroom. When I got there the teacher said to me "oh, you've had her this entire time?" I was like "yes. She had her meeting with the lady from Pathways today". The teacher then proceeds to say "oh, I realized she was missing from the classroom and was wondering where she went". I was DUMBFOUNDED. So you realized that a FOUR YEAR OLD is missing from you classroom, have no idea where she went but you didn't contact the office or anything?!
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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Quoting Aslen:



The teacher needs to be fired because she allowed a little girl to go to the bathroom?
How is it the teachers fault that she wandered away and ended up playing at some kids house?
headingsouth13
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM

 i would of pulled my children out of the school too. i am sorry but that should of never happened.

MOMMYSLOVE13
by ♥♥Brandi♥♥ on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I am glad she was found safe. I am also glad the restrooms are in  my kids classrooms too.

siindy0625
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Id be pissed at the school for not contacting the police right away then spaz out on the teachers its their job to make sure our kids at school are safe.
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brettsmomma
by ~Tammie~ on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Wow. my sons school allows the preks to go to the bathroom but they always have to take a friend with them. This very easily could happen. O.o

Not for everyone

Aslen
by Ruby Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM



Quoting Anonymous:

Quoting Aslen:



The teacher needs to be fired because she allowed a little girl to go to the bathroom?
How is it the teachers fault that she wandered away and ended up playing at some kids house?

Because it's the teacher's job and the school's job to ensure the safety of our children. What teacher lets a 5 y/o wander to another building ALONE? Not to mention how LONG the school waited to contact the police, there was no school resource officer to notify, and the staff acted like this was no big deal.

If it were YOUR child, you'd be pissed too


Crymsm
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Naughty little thing lol. I did that at my house, stayed quiet in my room as I heard my mom and dad calling for me...they finally checked my room.


Quoting Elle.tea.22:

I disappeared from my daycare :) I ran for the fence and said I was running away. The kids ran inside to tell the teacher and I ran in but hid in a class room under a table.

The kids were all sent home, police called, all the teachers were out in the near forest looking for me... When I saw my grandmas feet I came out and said "here I am!" Lol

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kitchen.ninja
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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Exactly!

My dd who is in kindergarten walked out if her class without asking the teacher to go use the restroom. The teacher was working with a smaller group.

Anyways I gave dd a talk and she was punished because she knew the rule when she broke it. She hasn't done it since thankfully.

I do think they should have called police sooner but the school didn't do anything other than follow procedure.


Quoting LyTe684:

They should have restrooms in the class for kids that small.

They probably didn't call the cops because they thought she was still in the building. But an hour was too long to wait to call. 20 minutes okay. An hour? No. But given that it was dismissal time, how did no one notice a 5y/o leaving on her own? Where I live, they don't let the kids out of sight until they can see the person picking the child up.

Also, I hope the kid didn't get off with no punishment for walking away. The child does need to be taught that under NO CIRCUMSTANCE is it okay to do what she did.


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Aslen
by Ruby Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

NO, they didn't. They didn't even really have protocols in place until after this happened. There was no school resource officer, the staff didn't help look, and NO ONE seemed to think it was abig deal. There was NO GOOD REASON to wait an hour + to notify police, and there was no reason for the police to NOT take the report from the mother.

The child may not have known better, but the teacher DID.


Quoting kitchen.ninja:

Exactly!

My dd who is in kindergarten walked out if her class without asking the teacher to go use the restroom. The teacher was working with a smaller group.

Anyways I gave dd a talk and she was punished because she knew the rule when she broke it. She hasn't done it since thankfully.

I do think they should have called police sooner but the school didn't do anything other than follow procedure.


Quoting LyTe684:

They should have restrooms in the class for kids that small.

They probably didn't call the cops because they thought she was still in the building. But an hour was too long to wait to call. 20 minutes okay. An hour? No. But given that it was dismissal time, how did no one notice a 5y/o leaving on her own? Where I live, they don't let the kids out of sight until they can see the person picking the child up.

Also, I hope the kid didn't get off with no punishment for walking away. The child does need to be taught that under NO CIRCUMSTANCE is it okay to do what she did.




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