6-Year-Old Found Wandering Streets Alone Says Substitute Teacher Told Him to Go Home (VIDEO)

Devin HoustonEarlier this week Texas mom Latoyla Houston was taking an afternoon nap, while her 6-year-old son, Devin, was at school. Or at least she thought he was at school. Imagine her surprise when she awoke to find him and a stranger standing there at her front door. 

The stranger, Vivienne Forbes-Thomas, said she found the first grader wandering alone outside her house. He was crying, and didn't know his phone number, but said he knew the way home. So they hopped in her car, and she drove him home.

The big question, of course, is how he got there in the middle of the school day, and why no one had notified his mother that he was gone from school.

Devin says the teacher sent him on his away. He told KHOU, "I told her my heart was hurting. She said, go home and walk. Just go and walk to home.”

Um, WHAT?! Would any teacher -- substitute or not -- really think that would be okay? A 6-year-old out wandering the streets alone? The things that could have happened to him are unimaginable. He's just it was a kind stranger who found and helped him.

The teacher says she never told him to leave, but even if we're to believe her, the fact is the boy left the school. And the school didn't have any clue he was missing until he already arrived home. How does that happen?

It's outrageous, and really makes you question what goes on during your child's school day. You think they're at least being watched over, but when things like this happen you have to wonder.

Do you think something like this could happen at your child's school?

Image via KHOU

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nonmember avatar kaerae

I doubt she told him to walk home. She probably said something like "just go ahead and go," meaning to the office or nurse, and he took it to mean leave the school. In any case, the fact that no one saw him walk out the door is pretty scary.

tuffy... tuffymama

God bless Vivienne Forbes-Thomas!

Vegeta Vegeta

I really doubt, in this day and age of teachers not being able to take a breath without the threat of being fired, that this teacher told a 6 year old to walk home. How did no other adult see this boy leaving school property? People driving by? Glad nobody pays attention at that school.

Coles... Coles_mom

She didn't tell him to go home. Good lord. He's 6. 6 year olds are clueless. I have a 6 year old boy (he'll be 7 tomorrow) and I can see him being confused if the teacher just tolls him "to go". Obviously she meant to the principal or nurse's office, but he thought she meant home and just probably walked out the door. No, it shouldn't have happened, but I don't think the teacher should be crucified over this.

momav... momavanessa

Even if she told him to go to the nurse or to the office how come she didn't call the nurse or another adult to escort him to the office. The teacher was kinda careless

LostS... LostSoul88

I agree the teacher was careless not making sure the kid got to the office/nurses office

tinyp... tinypossum

It sounds like the teacher didn't follow protocol, but the mom is making it sound much worse than it was. It sounds like the kid took off on his own and the school began searching for him when they realized he was gone, which was before the mom came to the school to yell at the teacher. Perhaps she needs to worry a bit about why her kid thought it was ok to leave school without permission and why he doesn't know his phone number. 

nonmember avatar Carolyn Kugle

This happened to my son also, he was a hard to handle child. One day the teacher told him to leave the school and go home. The school was across town from where we lived. My sister who drives a school bus happened to be sitting outside the school that day and stopped him. Of course when the principal was questioned his response was, she is having a hard time this year.

nonmember avatar tom

Maybe the school should tell the teacher go home and see now she fells

Kaymad41 Kaymad41

I got a phone call one day from the school asking me if my seven year old daughter had eaten lunch.  I asked her and she said yes.  She said the entire class had eaten.  It seems a little boy in her class went home and told his mother the substitute hadn't allowed any of the class to eat lunch.  I call bull on this story.  More then likely she sent him to the office for acting up and he chose to go home instead.  I really feel for the sub.  

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