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Mom Horrified as 4-Year-Old Son Is Found Wandering the Streets Alone–Teachers Didn't Notice Him Leave

Bettina Dizon
Oct 10, 2021
10:40 A.M.
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A mother-of-three was relaxing at home when her four-year-old’s school called to inform her that he had escaped class without anyone noticing.

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Schools are supposed to be a safe space for children to learn and have fun while their parents remain confident that educators are doing their job well.

Katrina Summers might have thought so much when she enrolled her four-year-old son, Alfie, at St. Richard’s Church of England First School in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Katrina Summers and her son, Alfie, smiling beside each other. | Source: twitter.com/DailyMirror

Katrina Summers and her son, Alfie, smiling beside each other. | Source: twitter.com/DailyMirror

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But when the school administrator phoned her to report an incident, the mom-of-three became utterly distraught. Katrina shared:

“When you’re told by a school there has been an incident, you expect him to have fallen in the playground and bumped his head - not that he had gone missing.”

It turned out that Alfie had walked past school staff and escaped school through an unlocked gate. While he was crossing busy roads, teachers didn’t even realize that he had gone missing.

A preschool teacher smiling before her class. | Source: Shutterstock

A preschool teacher smiling before her class. | Source: Shutterstock

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Fortunately, a kind stranger found Alfie crying on the street and soaking wet from the rain. The passerby immediately phoned West Mercia Police, who stepped in to find Alfie’s school.

St. Richard’s headmaster, Mark Ridlinton, immediately apologized to Katrina and her partner for the incident and assured them that the school was taking full responsibility.

Since he was smaller than the average four-year-old, the authorities first went to nurseries before going to St. Richards. According to the school head, he was not made aware of the incident but is now investigating the matter.

A police patrol driving down a street. | Source: Shutterstock

A police patrol driving down a street. | Source: Shutterstock

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Meanwhile, Katrina demanded answers from the school as to how such a horrifying incident could happen. “It breaks my heart to think he was screaming for me and I wasn’t there to help him,” she said.

That evening, Katrina put Alfie to bed and cried while looking at the PE uniform he wore that day, thinking it could have been the last thing she saw him wearing had something terrible happened.

Apparently, Alfie wanted to go home because his teacher “was being horrible to him.” Instead, he ended up walking back and forth the streets. Had he walked five minutes more, Alfie would have ended up on a busy main road with speeding cars.

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A yellow school bus parked on a road. | Source: Shutterstock

A yellow school bus parked on a road. | Source: Shutterstock

St. Richard’s headmaster, Mark Ridlinton, immediately apologized to Katrina and her partner for the incident and assured them that the school was taking full responsibility.

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He also noted that there is an ongoing investigation about the matter, and the school is in the process of reviewing its safety procedures.

“We have increased security on the front playground gate, and the front playground is no longer in use throughout the school day, whilst our investigations are carried out,” he added.

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Schools are supposedly safe places for learning, and while children may be protected from the outside, there may be internal problems such as bullying.

To mitigate such risk, Framwellgate School in England decided to install CCTV cameras inside bathrooms to monitor students. However, this did not sit well with some parents.

It seems that with these recent incidents, parents are losing faith in schools. Many of them are expressing hope that the situation will be better soon for the sake of their children.

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