Boy, 5, walks out of school undetected

March 3, 2010 10:16:04 PM PST
A mother is demanding answers after her little boy was allowed to leave school undetected. "He should not be left unattended at any given time," Takiyah Beary said.

Beary still can't understand how administrators at P.S. 202 let it happen. A 12-year-old student waltzed out of the East New York school with her 5-year-old son, Semaj, completely undetected on Tuesday.

Thankfully, Beary's friend was nearby. She saw Semaj out on the street and returned him to school, where staffers had no idea he was gone.

"Oh my goodness, I was shaking so bad yesterday. My heart was running so bad. I think I smoked four cigarettes back to back," Beary said.

Beary's friend spotted little Semaj walking with the older girl around 2:20 in the afternoon. Where they were going? What they were doing? No one knows, but the school is just a block away from busy Linden Boulevard.

"I don't want to imagine what could have happened. And it's not just him. It could be anybody's child," Rachael Leggett said.

Beary now wants some answers.

A Department of Education spokesperson told Eyewitness News this incident never should have happened.

We learned the unidentified 12-year-old faces disciplinary action and staffers will be re-trained on the monitoring of students in and out of the school.

"It was no way that this little girl was supposed to be able to take my son out of the school. No way," Beary said.

The 29-year-old mother kept her son out of school on Wednesday. She told us until she sees some definitive safety changes, she's not sure when Semaj will return to class.


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