BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) - How was a 3 year old able to walk out of his new school alone and unnoticed? News 4 asked the Superintendent of Buffalo Schools how they plan to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Jennifer Garra was upset enough when she found her 3 year old boy walking home from school alone . But the response from the school made her even angrier.
Garra says, "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!"
Buffalo's Schools Superintendent, Dr. Pamela Brown says, "It should not be necessary for us to have buzzers on the doors to provide adequate supervision for our children.
Brown says Houghton academy is changing a few things to make sure teachers will notice if a child tries walking out of a classroom.
"When this was brought to my attention, I immediately talked with the principal to make sure an action plan is in place. There is an investigation underway with regard to this because we take it seriously and we're thankful the child is safe," Brown says.
There will be one more adult supervising that class at all times and they will give extra attention to the youngest students, such as 3 year old Dylan. Brown says, "Some of whom are still making that adjustment from home to school and feeling a little discomfort. So we have to give extra attention to those children."
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