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Mom Wants Answers After 5-Year-Old Walks Away From His School

Posted on: 12:45 pm, November 16, 2012, by , updated on: 05:48pm, November 16, 2012

(Memphis) A Memphis mom is looking for answers after her 5-year-old walked away from his school this week.

The Dunbar Elementary student was supposed to be picked up by his mom, but instead he decided to walk home on his own.

“When I got here to pick him up and nobody knew where he was that was scary for me,” said Lashandra Atkins.

Atkins and the Principal walked all around the neighbor looking for Jaden.

As it turns out, he walked home with an older child.

Atkins says he waited outside his house alone, in the cold for a least a half hour, before a neighbor took him inside her house.

“My neighbor called me and told me he was standing on the sidewalk in front of my house,” said Atkins.

She wants to know how a kindergarten student, who is always picked up, was able to walk off school grounds without anyone noticing, “I’m trying to keep him as safe as possible, and for me to bring him to school, and he’s not safe here. That hurts me.”

Administrators and teachers are still trying to figure out how Jaden was able to leave on his own and want to make sure nothing like that happens again.

Meantime, other parents are defending how they handle kids before and after school.

“It’s with any program something may slip through the cracks, but it’s not like they are not doing their job. These people love these children,” said Joyce Coleman.

Memphis City Schools admits someone made a mistake and says teachers and staff work hard to ensure the safety of all students.

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