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Man Sent To Collect Great-Grandson From School Took Wrong Boy Home

14/08/2014 16:58 | Updated 20 May 2015

Granddad collects wrong child from school

An old man sent to school to collect his great-grandson took the wrong boy home!

The five-year-old was waiting for the bus when a man walked up to him and, mistaking him for his own flesh and blood, took him back to his house.

It was only then that he realised his mistake and called the school.

It might seem farcical, but the mum of the wrong boy thinks it's no laughing matter.

Mum Angela Stone said her son arrived home from Sterling Community School in Norwich, Connecticut, US, in a state of shock and refused to talk about what had happened.

She said: "This unbelievable and terrifying incident has placed a spotlight on the school's lack of security, particularly at bus pick-up and drop-off time."

She called school leaders incompetent and demanded that disciplinary action be taken against education chiefs.

The boy's uncle, Paul Stone, said he was upset with how the school handled the incident.

He said: "The school asked him to bring the child back. That was a totally inappropriate response. They should have, at that point, called authorities and had them go handle the child."

Sterling Superintendant Rena Klebart said: "I understand how upset our staff is because we take our responsibility very seriously."

He said the great-grandfather followed the school's policy by showing ID and signing out the correct student.

But he said staff members should have watched him collect the child. Ms Klebar said: "Of course it's concerning. We are responsible for the safety of our children.

"We've increased the number of staff members who are on-duty during dismissal."

It isn't clear what happened to the boy who was meant to be collected, but presumably he was left as bewildered as the other lad.

The school has revised the policy for picking up students since the incident on Friday, adding more sign-out tables to avoid congestion and possible confusion.

Additionally, if a child is being picked up from school, a parent or guardian needs to send the child to school with a note.

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