Mom Outraged After School Lets Elderly Man Mistakenly Pick Up Her 5-Year-Old Son (VIDEO)

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Parents at a small Connecticut town are outraged after a man came and picked up a 5-year-old child at school dismissal time and drove off with him. The man assumed it was his great-grandchild -- the two kind of looked alike, apparently -- and got the kid all the way to his house before his wife realized this wasn't their great-grandchild. Incredible!

Angela Stone, the mom of the boy, said that her son was waiting to get picked up from school when an older man approached him and took him to his car. The two apparently managed to ride all the way back to the man's house without the great-grandfather realizing he'd picked up the wrong kid.

At the house, the kid refused to get out of the car (smart kid! good training!) and the great-grandfather's wife realized the mistake. She called the school and they told the couple to bring the boy back.

Hey, so far this story could have been a lot worse! This kid wasn't kidnapped, it was an honest mistake, and things happen. But this isn't stemming the tide of outrage from Stone, who wants ANSWERS. I understand that she's upset and wants accountability and for this kind of thing not to happen in the future. But there is also something to be said for being grateful that it WAS just a mistake and nothing bad happened. Anyway, Stone is not in the mood for gratitude and let the principal have it in front of the school board.

She called dismissal time a "disaster waiting to happen," adding: "That disaster became my family's reality."

Well, I would hardly call what happened a disaster. Her kid got driven to the house of a nice elderly couple. HOWEVER, she is right that it shouldn't have happened and there needs to be more oversight. School authorities should look at this incident as a warning -- and as a wake-up call that something needs to be fixed.

Do you ever worry about a stranger picking up your kid?

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Shannon Elysabeth Mundorff

One of the reasons I now home school. The day of the sandy hook shootings, at the time of my sons school dismissal the news was still reporting they had no idea if the shooting was an isolated incident or what, and many schools around the country were on some form of lockdown or at least taking precautions at dismissal, but not my sons elementary school! My son (who was 5 at the time and in kindergarten) walked out of the school ALONE and BEFORE the bell even rang. Nobody even notice he had walked out of the school and if I hadn't been there early, he would have been outside wandering alone. I stood there with him until the bell rang and the dismissal monitor came to the door looking worried and saw me with him and said "oh good! I wasn't sure WHERE he went!" Yeah that really gave me confidence, especially since it happened 2 more times that year.

Tracys2 Tracys2

No, because:

1) The school does check IDs and permission cards before handing kids over. I've seen them do it, many times. Plus, they've told me, "You can see by the look on their faces that they know the person, but we always ask anyway, just in case", which means they have good sense.

2) The school knows me really well, and if anyone else ever came for the kids, they'd ask questions

I'd like to think the kids would be sensible and not get into someone's car. They know not to. But I'm happy not to have to rely on training kids.

Bobbie Scherzer

I'm not worried.  My daughters school checks id's if someone new is picking up the kids. Also, parents of kindergarteners parents have to park in the parking lot, and o into building to get their kids.  I'm glad something bad didn't happen to this kid. I'm telling mine if someone they don't know tries to put them in a car to scream as loud as possible to get someone's attention.

Frost... FrostyMelted

There really should be steps in place to prevent this type of situation. 

Nelli... NellieAthome

If the kid was so well trained " (smart kid! good training!)" why did he get into the car to begin with? Refusing to get out at the house is pointless if hte person has intention to harm the kid. 

Keri Day

My child's school won't let you pick up unless you are on a list.  You HAVE to go face-to-face with them while picking them up. They obviously need to do an overhaul of how they handle their end-of-day pick up.  You don't let the kids outside- or out of a teachers sight- until a trusted, KNOWN person is there to get the child.  We have to walk into the school, sign them out, and have the child called on.  Sure that's harder in larger shcools, but you don't just let a dang child walk off with someone they don't know.

eckie... eckielady

Really? So if this was your child you would have just said "Whew, good think it turned out well"? I would be FREAKING out if this happened. 

r3girls r3girls

How can you say "smart kid, good training"????

The kid got into a car with a complete stranger. Lucky for him, the guy wasn't a psycho killer

Mamao... Mamaofthebride

The school is taking action and completely revamping the dismissal area and protocol for the younger kids, kindergarten and preschool, adding more adult supervision and ID checks. I certainly don't blame this mother for being upset, this must have been terrifying for her and her son! I'm also sure the old man is horrified at the mistake he made! But he was on a pre-approved pick-up list, for his great grandson, so the school did follow protocol that far. This was a horrible case of mistaken identity, that must have been horrifying for all concerned, but as a native of Merced county, CA, where the Steven Stayner case occurred, I can tell you first hand this could have been A WHOLE LOT WORSE! I don't blame the family for being upset, but they should be glad it was just an honest mistake, the school is implementing safeguards to prevent future occurrences. Give your sweet son a lot of extra hugs, praise him for being so smart in his actions, and LOVE him!

lovem... lovemykids365

Our family has a password. If the person picking the kids up doesn't know to say it right off, the kids don't go with them. They also know to s ream their heads off. The school will not let the children go with anyone who is not on the pick up list. I had to go to the school to let them know that their grandfather could pick them up.

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