A Worcester mother says her 5-year-old son wandered away from his school unattended on Friday.
Vivienne Hanlan says somehow her 5-year-old son, Kyle Granger, managed to leave Chandler Elementary School and walk four blocks down a busy street.
"There’s six or seven faculty members in there. How did they miss him leaving?" said Hanlan.
Hanlan says she dropped her son off at the school and then went to a nearby convenience store to buy a soda. When she left the store, she spotted her son.
"There is no other kid that has that [orange] jacket. Please let it be another kid," Hanlan said she recalled thinking.
Hanlan said she escorted her son back to the school and learned another parent had reported seeing the boy escape.
"They haven’t called me. They haven’t called the dad. No police are involved. They’re just out there wandering around looking for my kid," Hanlan said.
Hanlan and the boy’s father, Arthur Granger, met with school officials.
"They did express that there’s over 800 students in the school and unfortunately trying to chalk it up to accidents can happen," Granger said. "We put our children in the hands of teachers and other public officials to be safe and this was terrifying."
The superintendent said the school opened earlier than usual because it was cold and that could have caused some confusion.
Granger’s parents want assurances such an incident will not happen again.
They plan to punish their son because they believe he is partly to blame.
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