Parents upset after 5-year-old wanders from school

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TROY, IL (KTVI) - A five year-old’s parents are fuming after their daughter was found along a main road.  She was supposed to be in school, but no one noticed when she wandered away.

It happened Friday morning at Silver Creek Elementary in Troy, Illinois, just after kindergartner Paisley Elliot got off the school bus.

Now that it’s four weeks into the school year, Triad Community Schools Superintendent Leigh Lewis says students are escorted off the bus, but not to their classrooms.

That’s when Paisley went down the wrong hallway, past staff members and police officers, who did nothing to stop her.  She finally wandered off school property, and was luckily found by some off-duty school personnel along Route 162.  Her mother says Paisley was scared, crying and confused.

The five year-old wasn’t able to indicate why she ran off, but her parents feel that shouldn’t matter.

School administrators are now looking into how a five year-old managed to so easily walk in the wrong direction and end up on a main road.  Lewis says, “It’s drawing our attention to making sure we also have the same security measures in place to keep kids in the building, and that they can’t easily walk out of the doors.”  Now, the school plans to station more personnel throughout the building every morning.

But until some changes are made, Paisley’s parents no longer trust that their daughter is safe at school.  Paisley’s mother Jennie Elliott says, “If that can happen that easily, who’s to say someone can’t walk in just as easily, and then take somebody and walk out, which they are trying to assure us that that couldn’t happen?”

The Elliotts are also upset that no school-wide alert has been sent out about the incident.  Paisley’s father Daniel says, “We get text messages and phone messages all the time about anything: power outages, other incidents that happen in school. I don’t know why they chose not to inform all the other parents that this happened.”

The superintendent says confidentiality laws prevent them from discussing any specific student incident, which is why Silver Creek Elementary families were not notified of what happened.


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