Local school district admits fault with subs after child left alone in frigid temps

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by Julian Johnson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 12:00 AM

 (KMOV) – An official at the Pattonvile School District cited a series of mistakes as the reasons why a 6-year-old was allowed to take a bus home only to be stuck in the cold.

The district said it should have never happened but the child’s mother wanted to know how it even occurred.

“I was freaking out, I literally freaked out and lost my breath and couldn’t breathe,” said Carrie Wood.

Her daughter, Kassie Lynn, stood outside alone in the frigid temperatures for 15 minutes.  She was supposed to stay at school for after-care but that’s where the district admits the first of many mistakes started.

In a statement, the district explains how a substitute teacher didn’t follow a dismissal plan left behind.

“I wouldn't think my six-year-old’s safety should rely on a piece of paper on a desk probably covered by notes,” said Wood.

To make matters worse, a substitute bus driver assumed a parent at the bus stop was there to pick up the child, which the district said was also wrong.

When asked if she is second guessing how her child is cared for, Wood said “absolutely because she slipped through the crack on the one day there were two substitutes and that's going to happen.”

The district said they are talking to the substitute driver and teacher to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

No word on if staff suspensions are pending.

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