Mother outraged after 4-year-old wanders off at Sherman school

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- We drop our children off at school, trusting educators to keep them safe, but what if your child disappeared from their care unnoticed? That's what happened to one Sherman mother. She shares her terrifying story and school officials respond. Mystic Matthews has the story.

A four year old boy walked out of Fredrick Douglas School unnoticed and alone on Tuesday. The incident has shaken everyone involved, especially the boy's mother, who wants to know why and how this could happen.

“When you give someone your child to take care of them, its their responsibility and you trust them. And I trusted the school.”

Diameta Hagood says it’s not like her four-year-old Jervonta to wander off alone, but Tuesday he just decided he didn't want to be at school anymore, so he left.

Now his mother wants to know how a four-year-old was able to just disappear from school.

“The school is full of teachers, staff, sheriff on call, and a child has enough time to get his coat and backpack and leave. And no one sees nothing? And he passes by classrooms, halls and offices?”

Fredrick Douglass principal Clifton Cotton says an aide was waiting for Jervonta to use the restroom, but he was taking too long, so the aide went back to class.

That's when the four-year-old got his backpack, put on his coat, and walked out the school's door. Jervonta made it about a block before Good Samaritan Eleanor Edmund saw him, asked him what he was doing, and then took him back to school.

"I don't need credit, I would have done it for anyone, cause I didn't even know the boy," Edmund said.

Principal Cotton says this has never happened before, and he and his staff are taking steps to make sure it never happens again.

“It’s something that should not happen. It cannot happen. It just cannot happen. At this campus, like every other in Sherman, student safety is our number one priority. It comes before anything else.” Principal Cotton said.

Diameta says she's just thankful things turned out the way they did.

"I'm very grateful for her, and God sent her that way to pick him up before the next person that stopped might not have returned him. I'm just thankful to Lord that he was with him because if something happened to him, I don't know what I'd do.

Principal Cotton says he has reprimanded the aide who left Jervonta in the bathroom and had a staff meeting on Friday to go over their student safety policies.

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