Mother: Son's School Lacks Supervision

September 11, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

September 11, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A Buffalo mother is on a mission -- she's looking for answers after her three-year-old son left school in the middle of class -- without anyone noticing. He walked home by himself.

The boy's mother tells Eyewitness News she's worried about a lack of supervision at the school -- and claims she was told this isn't the first time a child walked away from the school all alone.

It's been nearly a week since Jennifer Garra saw her three-year-old son, who was supposed to be in a pre-kindergarten class at Houghten Elementary School, walking home.

Garra says ""Pick any one of those hot-headed emotions, and that's exactly what I was feeling at the exact same time."

Dylan walked out of school Thursday, right in the middle of the day. He went three blocks along Clinton Street, near an exit ramp for the 190, to his house on Krakow Street in Buffalo.

Garra says her son's life was in danger and that "anything you can fit within three blocks of a busy street. And my three-year-old was tracing it by himself."

She says she wants the school staff "to think in the what-if's. What could have happened because of your negligence?"

Since then, Garra claims the school has given her three different versions of how Dylan managed to slip away -- allegedly unnoticed for 45 minutes.

"I do not appreciate the school sweeping me under the rug like they did when I first went to the school," Garra says, "and I don't appreciate them not taking any kind of forefront action and apologizing for the situation."

Garra says when she took Dylan back to school, staff told her this had happened before -- seven years ago.

Dylan's nervous grandmother went along with her daughter to take the little boy back to school. She claims that "As she was sitting out there she was watching this happen. They sent out four 3-4 year olds to their locker, and three came in the classroom and one did not and walked out the front door." Dylan's grandmother says a parent outside of the school caught the child.

District authorities say they have not heard of any other time when a young child walked out unsupervised in the middle of the day, until Eyewitness News called.

Dr. William Kereztes, the Associate Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, says "The fact that it was 7-years-ago doesn't change the fact that if it ever happens, it needs to be thoroughly investigated."

The school district is investigating how young Dylan managed to slip out of his classroom.

He says "What happened here was unacceptable and there's no substitute for relying on competent adults to conduct total supervision of students," and adds all schools are expected to monitor their students 100-percent of the time.

Kereztes would not comment on any disciplinary actions, but Garra says a teacher and an aide have been placed on leave. She adds there is now extra personnel in Dylan's classroom.

Garra says she still loves Houghten Elementary School, but wants to know her children are being supervised.

Now, everyday before Dylan leaves for school, he promises his mom that he won't take off again.

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