Mom Outraged When Security Guard Lets Autistic Daughter Walk Home Alone

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One mom in Miami is outraged after a school security guard allowed her 6-year-old autistic daughter to walk close to a half-mile home by herself in the middle of the school day. 

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Danielle Maglio told CBS Miami that after hearing a knock at the door, she found her little girl, Zoe, "panting and scared" following her 10-minute solo midday journey. 

Why on Earth was this child dismissed from school and allowed to walk a route that required multiple turns all by herself? Maglio says Zoe told the security guard at Everglades K-8 Center that she wasn't feeling well. Rather than escorting her to the nurse's office, the employee helped her cross the street and then just let her keep on walking. Alone! In a major city!

The good news is, aside from being scared, Zoe is just fine and the guard has been fired. But still, it's incredibly frightening to consider the many other outcomes this story might have had. 

The one-year anniversary of the confirmation of the heartbreaking death of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy from New York who left his school building and was missing for months before his lifeless body was found in the East River, just passed. Have school officials learned nothing? 

A 6-year-old should never be dismissed from school without a parent being notified. And they should never be allowed to walk home alone without parental approval -- especially if they have special needs!

It comes as no surprise that the Maglios are considering taking legal action against the school. For now, the worried mom is asking the district to place an assistant with Zoe so that something like this never happens again. 

Thankfully, this little girl arrived home safely, and let's just hope this is a wake-up call to all districts to be more vigilant, especially with children who may require additional support.

What would you do next if you were the mother of this young girl?


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