Mom Upset After Pre-K Student Walks Home From School Alone

"I'm definitely angry that they weren't paying any attention to my child"

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    A D.C. mom has a lot of questions for her son's school after her three-year-old somehow wandered away from a pre-K program. (Published Thursday, Sep 20, 2012)

    A D.C. mom has a lot of questions for her son's school after her three-year-old wandered away from a pre-K program Wednesday.

    Gwendolyn Green spoke exclusively with NBC4. She told reporter Shomari Stone that when she went to pick up her son at C.W. Harris Elementary in Southeast D.C., he was nowhere to be found -- and teachers hadn't realized he was missing.

    "I'm hysterical, and people are telling me to calm down, when my child is missing," she said.

    Green says the idea of her son missing, even for a few minutes, is frightening. "He could have been hit by a car. He could have been taken by anybody," Green said.

    She made a frantic call to her mother at the home they share with her little boy. While they were on the phone, the grandmother heard a soft knock. Turns out, the three-year-old had walked the three blocks home.

    In a statement, D.C. Public Schools said, "The principal reviewed camera footage.... The child did leave the school with another student. The school will continue to review the footage, and update the dismissal procedures to ensure this doesn't happen again."

    Green and her mother told NBC4's Shomari Stone that they plan to visit the school Thursday to try to figure out what happened. They said they have a lot of questions for the teachers.


    "I'm definitely angry that they weren't paying any attention to my child," she said.