St. Louis Public Schools says 3-year-old not found outside school after all

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by John Knicely / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 23 at 1:34 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A miscommunication between faculty caused a scare for a mother who thought her 3-year-old son was found wandering outside Herzog Special Needs School on Wednesday.

Sierra Hebron said she was outraged after being initially told by a teacher that her 3-year-old son, Zion, was found wandering outside the school.

But according to St. Louis Public Schools, Zion had never been outside.

The district says Zion was escorted off the school bus around 7:45 a.m. and walked into the building with a physical education teacher.

He then stood in line to eat breakfast.

“While standing in line he started to wander down the hallway towards the door to the blacktop,” said Patrick Wallace, spokesman for St. Louis Public Schools. “The parent of another preschool child saw him do this and intercepted him and took him to the principal in the cafeteria.”

According to the district, the principal misunderstood what she was told by the parent and thought Zion had been dropped off on the black top by his parent and left unattended.

“Out of concern for Zion’s safety, the principal instructed Zion’s teacher to contact his mother and inform her not to drop off her child unattended at 7:15am,” said Wallace. “This misunderstanding is what made Zion’s mother distraught, as she had not dropped off Zion at 7:15, but instead, had him placed on a school bus.”

Wallace said the parent of the other preschooler confirmed the facts Thursday morning.

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