Unauthorized man picked my niece up from school..

@Foxxee (3653)
United States
December 14, 2006 11:41pm CST
This event happened last year. My niece Gabrielle had just turned 5 years old and was attending an elementary school. She was a Pre-K student for the morning classes. While my niece was in class a man came into the school and stated that he was picking up Gabrielle early today. The man also had a note stating it was okay for him to pick Gabrielle up and he was picking her up because her mother was in a car accident. Now the office supposedly confirmed everything and accepted the note. So the office went and got my niece out of class and told her she was going home with a friend of her mothers. My niece went with the man with no problems because she was told by the office that her mom was in a accident and that everything was okay, but that her mom couldn't make it and she was to go with the man. My niece only being 5 years old did just that. The man put my niece in his truck and drove off. My niece spent an hour with this man. He took her to lunch and everything. Somehow or another they got to talking and Gabrielle mentioned she had a sister. The man asked her what her last name was and she stated her last name. The man in the truck stopped his vehicle and about wet himself. It turns out that he picked up the wrong Gabrielle. The Gabrielle that he was supose to pick up was still back at school. So the man immediately called the school and told them there was a mistake. He rushed back to the school and returned her. The problem was that the Gabrielle he was suppose to pick up, her mother had a car accident and she had to have one of her co-workers go and pick her daughter up for her. The c0-worker was the man and he has never seen his co-workers daughter before and that is why he had no clue. He just thought he had the right kid. He only realized something was wrong because he knew his co-worker didn't have any other kids and when my niece stated she had a sister, he felt something was off and that is when he asked the last name. The office was suppose to confirm everything. So somehow they just got mixed up. So this man spent an hour with my niece, thinking he had the right kid. The school called my sister, my sister rushed to the school and yanked my niece out. I don't understand why they just assumed it was the right Gabrielle. You would think they would of asked the last name or something. My sister was so pissed about this. I told her to call the news and make a big scene, but she never did. Would you have let it go so easy? That is some scary stuff. I would of pushed and pushed until I got someone fired. We are just lucky he returned her after learning the truth. And I later found out that the mix up might have been something to do with the last name or middle name of the two Gabrielle's and that there are only two of them in the whole school. But still, they made a huge mistake and all they were able to do was apologize to my sister for it. What would you have done if you were in my sisters shoes?
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4 responses
@madonna143 (1739)
• Philippines
16 Dec 06
I think you just have to be thankful that everyone is safe and nothing happened to her. It's a blessing that she is alive and unharmed. Sometimes things like this happen so we just have to look at the brighter side of things and go on with our lives. But, if you think that something has to be done about this then go with your instincts because that's what you believe in. You might end up thinking about it if you did not act on it. You have to ask yourself what is the right thing to do after weighing all things necessary then act on your decision. Good luck to you and more power.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Thanks you for your kind words. But I think it's to late to do anything. This happened last year. The school made a mistake, a big mistake. I believe they learned their lesson after my sister blew up all over them.
• Philippines
27 Dec 06
Thank you very much for marking me as the best response. I just hope that that school learned their lesson. Take care always and God Bless. Happy new year to you and your family!
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
18 May 07
OMG I would have FREAKED out if I was your sister! That is SO NOT ACCEPTABLE! Ugh. What if he was a molester or something? WOW. I can't even imagine. I know that at the government daycare I worked at they were very careful about letting people pick up kids. They wouldn't even accept a phone call from the parent. The parent had to come in and sign something in person with the person's name that would be picking up the child and then that person had to show proper photo id. That is scary! I am so glad she was okay.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
22 May 07
My own daughter now actually goes to this school. I have always heard it was a good school up until this thing with my sister happened. When it came time to enroll my daughter I was nervous and even sat down with the school staff about the whole idea and told them I was nervous about my daughter joining their school. To make a long story short, they made me feel at ease and explained that they now have a better system up and going. They check IDs all the time now. Or so they say... I do know that I only have 3 people on my daughters list to pick her up and they better hope that is all that picks her up. Or else. I will take myself down there and I will probably do some damage control.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I would have been at the School Board office immediately and something would have been done. That is horrible. That is worse than my son being left on the bus and the driver going home. How horrible. That was a big mistake that put the child in great danger!!!! They should have been held accountable.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
16 May 07
It was horrible. I would of been at the school board myself and I would of also contacted every news station around.
@maddog108 (3441)
• Australia
15 Dec 06
we fistly she is so so lucky while reading this thread i was brasing my self for a horror story and in most cases there is.this is not right at all and i can understand you being upset.if it happen to my daughter i would of been locked up on an assalt charge because i would of belted the teacher in the nose.theres no excuse for putting your kids at risk like that and yes it is scarey
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Same here. I would of blew up. I might of even took this further. The office should be more careful. They need to start checking everything over. These are our kids and they are suppose to be safe in school.