Parents furious after kids wander away from school - FOX 13 News

Parents furious after kids wander away from school

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HAINES CITY (FOX 13) -

Laura Navarro can't understand it. How could two 5-year olds, her daughter Lizzie and a little boy with special needs, slip away from Eastside Elementary without anyone noticing?

"I'm just angry that the gate was open and that they were able to get out. You know, it could've been a lot worse. It was pretty scary. I'd never wish this for anybody," Navarro says.

Lizzie and the little boy aren't in the same class, but were both in the hallway unsupervised when they walked through an unlocked gate, past the front office, and down busy Johnson Avenue.

They finally showed up a half mile away at Lizzie's grandfather's home.

"They could've been run over. Somebody could've took them or God knows what. It's ridiculous," says Kimberly Mills, the boy's mother.

"This road that they crossed, it's hard to see cars coming, you know. I always tell her not to cross the road without an adult. So I don't know what was going through her mind." Navarro says.

When Lizzie's grandfather took them back to school, more than an hour later, her mother says the school didn't even know they were gone.

And the little boy's mother says she wasn't even told about it until the next day.

"I got a text from one of his teachers and she asked me if I got the full story. When I drop him off at school, I put him in their care. They're supposed to be watching over them, making sure that they're safe," Mills said.

Parents say they want changes made so that it doesn't happen again.

"I just want my daughter safe. That's all," Navarro said.

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