BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo mom wants to know how her 3-year-old son was allowed to walk out of his Pre-K class and all the way home without his teachers noticing.
It was Thursday afternoon, the first day of pre-school at Houghton Academy when about four hours into the day, 3-year-old Dylan walked out of the class, out of the school and all the way home more than three blocks away on Krakow Street in Kaisertown.
His mom, Jennifer Garra, said, "And there he is standing by himself walking down the street toward me when he should've been in school. I immediately went into panic mode."
A Good Samaritan noticed him crossing Clinton Street, knew something was wrong, so she parked her car, got on the phone with police and followed him on foot all the way to his home.
"At that point, I cried, I hugged the woman," said Garra.
Forty-five minutes went by without any call from the school, and that's when Garra personally went to the school to get some answers.
"I just simply wanted to know how this could've happened," Garra said. "What disturbed me most is the school immediately placed blame on the lack of funding for emergency buzzers on doors because of the Buffalo Public School system and they wanted to blame my 3-year-old son for walking out of the door and reprimand him like he's supposed to know he's not supposed to do that. This is his first day of school, ever!"
The Pre-k teacher and aide have both been placed on administrative suspension, according to what school officials told the family.
Garra said, "They've promised me this is never going to happen again and they're taking immediate action to make sure that it doesn't and that in and of itself makes me feel better."
A spokeswoman for the district tells News 4 that an investigation is underway, that this is an extremely regrettable situation, and that the district is taking it very seriously.
Reverend Roy Harriger returned to court Wednesday night. The pastor is facing charges of molesting children.
Some of the members of his assembly refuse to believe the allegations against him. About eight members of the Community Fellowship …
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, a local school district is now banning a popular sweet treat.
Twenty-two-year-old Yaron Bernstein was last seen leaving a friend's apartment in Philadelphia three weeks ago. Bernstein has ties in Buffalo as well as Pittsburgh, Miami and New Jersey.
A sex offender has been arrested after he allegedly showed indecent material to a child under the age of 16.
Common Core, a new wave of educational standards now being implemented across the country, is causing controversy across the nation, and took center stage in Jamestown Wednesday evening.
Fewer families in the Northtowns will go hungry thanks to some local firefighters and the people they serve.