7-Year-Old Writes Note Giving Herself Permission to Go Home & School Buys It -- Misspellings & All

Kids are sent to school along with a certain amount of trust that the school system will take care of them, and usually, schools are pretty good at fulfilling that trust and keeping kids safe. But this story out of Harris County, Texas, is a reminder that that isn't always the case: A 7-year-old girl forged a note giving herself permission to skip her after-school program, and her school bought it. Even though "bus" was spelled wrong, and it was clearly written by a second grader. Like, guys. Come on.

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The school let little Rosabella take the bus home -- while her dad, Charlie Dahu, thought she was at an after-school program -- and she got off the bus and hung out outside her house all afternoon because she couldn't find a way inside.

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Eventually, she knocked on her neighbor's door and asked to use the restroom. He let her in, called her dad immediately, and kept an eye on her until he could get home. 

Her dad was terrified. Obviously.

So, yes. The 7-year-old should not have lied to her teachers to get out of an after-school program she didn't want to go to. But she's 7. As in, a CHILD. The blame can't be on her in this one.

It also can't really be on the dad -- there's no way to prepare for all the possible trouble a second-grade brain can cook up, and he did everything right: He talked to his daughter about what she did wrong, talked to the school about what they did wrong, and then wouldn't let Rosabella be interviewed by the news station so she wouldn't think being on TV was a reward for her behavior. Parenting, handled.

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The school's at total fault here, and it knows it. The school district released a statement that went, in part, something like this:

We are reviewing our training procedures to ensure that our after-school grant program staff is properly trained in dismissal procedures. As we move forward, the district is working to make sure that all of our after-school grant staff receives the same training as district employees. At this point, the district is continuing to investigate and will take proper disciplinary action. As always, student safety is our top priority.

We're mostly just happy that Rosabella is okay. And also mostly mad that the school could let something like this happen -- it's not really making us feel good about sending kids to school anywhere.

 

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