Mum seething as girl, 6, found wandering streets after school’s ‘regrettable mistake’
A mum has been left furious after her six-year-old daughter was found wandering a busy street with her bike on her own.
The Hull mum was horrified after she found school teachers let her out of the school gates alone.
The Marfleet Primary Academy pupil, who has autism, was found riding her bike on her own about “ten minutes” from the school at pick up time on Friday afternoon.
The school has admitted allowing the Year 2 child to leave the school grounds on her own, and described the situation as “regrettable” as it launches an investigation into how it happened.
But the girl’s 30-year-old mum, who does not wish to be named, said she’s lost all faith and has pulled her children from the school, she told Hull Live.
The mum said she had already removed her daughter, and her older sister, ten, from the school – for good.
She said: “I got a phone call off a lady who I know to say she had her. I was really shocked as to how she had my child when you have to have a password at the gate to let them out.
“I was just walking to school as pick up time is 3pm until 3.15pm. I got there to find she was ten minutes away from the school, near a main road on her bike.
“She has autism and has no road safety at all, which the school know.
“I asked what had happened and she told me her name got called, so she got her coat and got her bike she started to ride off.”
The mum contacted the school to find out what happened, and said she was told the teacher saw the mum of another girl in her class stood at the gate and “assumed” she was going home with her.
The mum-of-four has said the school have since tried to “blame” her daughter for what happened.
She added: “I rang the school up to get a phone call back from the head teacher who told me that the two teachers assumed she was leaving with her friends’ mum, as they know I speak to her.
“They let her out because they assumed she was going with her. I’m absolutely disgusted, it’s a breach of safeguarding. It’s always me that picks her up, no one else and the school know this.
“Then I got another phone call from her teacher who let her out, saying they shouted of another two girls, not my daughter.
“But my daughter has cried and told me it was definitely her name they shouted, so my question to the head was ‘if they shouted another girl’s name, like they are saying, why did they allow my child to get ready and leave the school gates?’
“They would have said ‘no [girl’s name], we didn’t shout you, sit down,’ but they didn’t.
“They are trying to blame her. I’m trying my best to reassure her that it’s not her fault.”
The mum has already applied to join another school, even though it will disrupt her daughter’s routine.
She added: “I have lost all faith in the school to safeguard my children. The last thing I need is to be sat at home thinking my children are in their classroom, when they’re really being let out and left wondering around.
“I have put in a school transfer to move my children. I feel like we send our kids to school thinking they are safe when they are not.
“I feel like if I allow my girls to go back that I’m basically saying ‘they’re coming back, it’s fine what you’ve done.’
The school has now said a “thorough investigation” is being carried out to make sure this cannot happen again.
However the mum said it’s too late, because the damage has already been done.
She added: “I don’t see what an investigation is going to do, the teachers are still there and teaching.
“That’s solved nothing. The damage has already been done.
“It could have been a different story if my daughter didn’t see someone she knew. I could have still been looking for my daughter now.
“I suffer with anxiety as it is and I would be nervous wreck.
“I’m just thankful someone was there, I don’t know how they can just assume someone is picking her up, it’s disgusting.”
A spokesperson for Ebor Academy Trust, which runs the school, said: “Regrettably, a pupil was allowed to leave school grounds on her own on Friday.
“This was a mistake on our part for which we have apologised.
“We take the safety of all our children very seriously and the trust is carrying out a thorough investigation to ensure there will be no further occurrences of this situation.”
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