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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  • by Skeeter Location: okla. on Feb 7, 2008 at 04:15 AM
    A 4 year old child should be home with a parent not at school
  • by fed up Location: okla on Feb 6, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    ok kxii i think you have ran this blog in the ground. have you not noticed that you have people that have been killed once again by drunk drivers and the story of the mother and son in marshall co. what a joke that is. one year for killing people. why is it no one can put their opions on that site tonight. just asking. god bless the familys of those killed by drunks and dope heads.
  • by Suzy Location: Sherman on Feb 6, 2008 at 05:38 PM
    People, it is Teacher's Aide. Please Aid is a disease.
  • by taxpayer on Feb 6, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    Quote from one Anonymous user: "IF you guy's can do a better job ,do it ,leave the teachers alone"... First, please learn to punctuate properly. Secondly, I think I CAN do a better job, which is why I have chosen to homeschool my kids. And I think people are right when they say this aid should be held responsible. Like someone else said a few posts prior to this, if it was a child wandering away from a parent's home, CPS would've been all over them like a bad rash.
  • by Rancher Location: Dorchester , Tx on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    One bad teachers aid,should not cast a bad reflect on any school or any teacher. This would be like saying that just because one Republican got caught being a homosexual that all Republicans homosexual.
  • by Nikky Location: Oklahoma on Feb 6, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    Calm down everyone. The child is safe. The Aid made a stupid mistake and is, no doubt, paying big for it. The school has acknowledged that a mistake was made and promised to fix it. Before you advocate firing the Aid, remember that you'll be setting a precedent. When you demand the Aid's head on a platter, keep in mind that the next mistake might be yours... Again, the child is safe; let it go. If another mistake is made in the future, then that is the time to haul out the big guns.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Chris, It is f-a-u-l-t. It has nothing to do with a 4 year old having manners....HE IS ONLY 4!!! What if this had happend at a daycare? State would have been on them right then. They would probably be shut down for a while......
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    When parents let their own children wander away from home, CPS is usually contacted and the parent is investigated. What is the difference? The school let the 4 year old wander off.....
  • by Chris Location: Sherman on Feb 6, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    If the kid had better manners he wouldent have left. Its not the schools falt!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2008 at 03:04 AM
    I can't believe that people are blaming a little 4 year old boy. 4 year olds can barely go to the bathroom themselves. I wouldn't even leave my own 4 year old in the bathroom by himself at home, let alone at a school. I guess all of your children are perfect angels and do no wrong....
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