• Mon, Oct 7 2013

Top Notch Brooklyn Daycare Loses Child, But Don’t Worry A ‘Random Person’ Found Him

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I would hate to be an employee at the Williamsburg Northside infant and toddler center right now. The “top quality” and bet your Bugaboo expensive waterfront daycare center reportedly lost a child in the park recently. And heads are rightfully rolling so hard.

The school, which reportedly just moved into a sparkly new location, reportedly left one of the kids behind on an outing to the East River State Park:

Teachers watching a group in the park failed to correctly count the children before they returned to the school, a local parent said, and when the group returned to the center the child’s mother was waiting to pick up her son but he was nowhere to be found. A “random person” then found the child and brought him back to the school, the parent Kseniya Schneider said.

“This is the most expensive daycare center around…and it’s supposed to be a good school,” said Schneider, whose friend send her kids to Northside and who was seriously thinking of sending her son to the center before the incident. “To me this [incident] means the people who are supposed to care for [the kids] aren’t emotionally attached to the babies.”

The school “immediately” fired both teachers accountable for the kids and then they contacted the Department of Health. It was said department that pulled the school’s license for the next two weeks while teachers are retrained. The school is also working damage control, as evidenced in the following statement:

“Our number one priority is the safety of our children.  We have very clear procedures to prevent this kind of situation and have never had an incident like this in over 13 years of operation,” the spokesman said. “We have apologized deeply to the parents. We have also temporarily closed the Infant and Toddler Center to review policies, procedures and teacher training.”

A huge collective sigh of relief that this “random person” wasn’t a serial killer.

(photo: Shyne School)

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  • Beth

    Holy crap. I mean…

  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    I remember when I was in grade three, there was this girl who had some issues. She soiled herself, for one thing. My school was in a rural area, with a small neighbourhood and church on one side, a daycare on another and then nothing but wilderness around it.
    One day during outdoor gym at the end of the day, the girl ran off. There was an opening in the fence leading to the wilderness (for nature hikes and the Teddy Bear picnic) and the teacher called to her to come back. She didn’t turn back and ran up the rocks and eventually out of sight.
    I saw the confused helplessness on my teacher’s face, and as a child knew there was little he could do. Leaving behind 20+ other students to chase one through the woods was not going to go any better. But not till I remembered this incident as an adult did I consider how absolutely scared shitless he must’ve been.

    Not that I think it’s acceptable for people to lose children. No, not at all. But one-time occurrences can be forgiven (Especially in this case where the staff responsible are fired and the program is shut down and being re-evaluated). Human error is unavoidable. It’ll happen sometime. For example, parents who are attached to their children can still manage to lock them inside a car.

    • kay

      i student taught in a kindergarten class where one little guy did that all the time. fun!
      the term for kids like that is “a runner”

    • Sara610

      I taught music at a summer camp in college, and one of our kids was a young but pretty large boy with special needs (not sure exactly what his diagnosis was). Since he was so large and had long legs (and I’m five feet tall!) he could run FAST. The JCC where the camp was held had a second floor overlooking the first floor with a balcony, and he took off running on the second floor. By the time I caught up with him, he had one leg OVER THE BALCONY. I managed to grab his other leg and pull him down, but holy crap.

    • Aldonza

      Once I was teaching a drama class for younger children and I had a very troubled boy. He was very angry and didn’t want to be in the class. One day, after he got in a physical altercation with another student, he just ran out of the classroom. Now, this was an after-school class on a Friday, so there wasn’t a lot of people around and it was Winter, so it was dark. Our classroom was right by the parking lot, so I was terrified, but I was also unable to leave the other ten 5-7 year olds unchaperoned. Thankfully, a Mom had arrived early so she kept an eye on the kids so I could go located my runner, but man as a teacher, that was really really scary. Once I found the kid (thankfully, all the doors were locked so he didn’t get very far, he flat out refused to come back to class with me. I had to call his parents to get them to get him from the hallway of the school, and call the theatre to get them to send over a supervisor to be in the classroom. The kicker was, both parents said they may not be able to come early because they were still at work and didn’t want to leave. I’m usually pretty good at keeping my cool with parents, but I almost lost it on them.

    • Rachel

      Parents like that really bring out my inner sanctimommy. Some couples just shouldn’t have a kid…and, unfortunately, that’s not always obvious until after they do.

    • keelhaulrose

      I worked at a daycare, and we had an attached gym we used for playing when the weather was bad. One day I was in there with one other teacher with fifteen 4 year olds, a couple of whom were special needs. A fight broke out over a toy that was smuggled in, and it took both of us a few minutes to sort things out. I counted kids after, we had to account for each kid every half hour, and realized I didn’t see one of our special needs boys. The room was designed so kids couldn’t get out, but some community members used the exercise facilities, and I was terrified that the boy got out when one of them left. We searched the room and the exercise area several times as I called the director, who got everyone she could spare to start walking the neighborhood trying to find him.
      I eventually spotted him under the bleachers (which were folded in at the time, I don’t know how he squeezed himself in there). It took me an hour to coax him out, since I couldn’t go in after him and I was afraid to move the bleachers and hurt him. Scariest work experience I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few epic scares (kids will do that to you).

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  • Véronique Houde

    Hell, we all hear of parents forgetting their children at the mall, the park, the zoo… My dad was left at a zoo when he was 7 years old by his parents. It’s definitely not for lack of being attached. Having cared for kids myself, I would question the ratio of adults to kids, and what was skipped in the procedure that led the teacher to forget a child. It’s definitely a huge mistake to make, and yes, they deserve punishment…

    • Sara610

      Yes, I wonder if they walked back or took a bus. If they walked, there should be an adult at the head of the line and another at the back of the line, and of course a final headcount taken before the line leaves to go back to the center.

      If they took a bus, I always did one headcount before getting on the bus and another after everyone was seated. I would wonder how old the kids were and what the ratio of adults to kids was.

  • Not4Me

    This is why you don’t put your child in a daycare. I worked at a “top notch” center for 3 years and a crappy one before that. I’m sure my comments won’t be popular here. No, the teachers are not emotionally attached to your kid. They might seem like they are. Hell, the might even tell you your kids are their favorites. I had kids I liked very much. Kids I loved? No. They aren’t mine to love. Can you imagine truly “loving” hundreds of kids that filter in and out of your classroom? I loved the kids in general. I loved working with them. Daycare is the saddest place I’ve ever seen. And you’re foolish to think the act they put on while you’re there is how it is all day. Daycares will hire anybody. It’s a low paying job that people take because they think taking care of your child and others is an “easy paycheck”. That’s what your kid is to most of them. Close these child warehouses down. I’m thankful I got out of there. And thankful I have made the decision to not stick my kids in one of these places. That story a few weeks ago on here about “a teacher at my kids daycare abused kids but it wasn’t my kid so I’m cool with sending her back” made me weep. Alright, I’m done. Throw your daggers. I can take it.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Oh, fuck. Thanks for fanning the flames of my utter paranoia. My 3 year old still hasn’t set foot in a daycare.

    • Hibbie

      A number of daycare centers now have online cameras (password protected, of course), so parents can check in and see how their kids are doing. That might help minimize some concerns if he ends up going to daycare.

    • Aldonza

      My friend’s daycare does. It’s super cute, you can just log in and check in. They are actually really lovely. Her daughter loves it so much, she doesn’t want to leave sometimes.

    • Not4Me

      Maria I don’t mean to scare you. I read your article and I get your reasons for wanting to. A lot of centers do have cameras. Ours did.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      Maria, it’s cool. I worked in afterschool programs for years before I was a teacher, and by now I’ve worked with well over a 1000 kids. And I can tell you that I loved every one. Maybe not in the same way that I love my own kids, but I do love them. I’ve chased a weirdo who looked at them funny once (years ago), I get mobbed with hugs every time I see one in public, (which is a lot), I’ve gone to some funerals for their parents….and I’ve even gone to 3 funerals for former students and hugged their families while we all cried. People really do care about the kids they work with, at least..most people do.

    • Sara610

      I agree with this. Most normal people, who have any degree of aptitude for the job they’re doing, care about the kids that they work with. They don’t love them like a mother, but frankly, they shouldn’t. That would be weird.

    • meah

      Wow. Strong opinion- to which you are entitled. But, I know many wonderful, caring early childhood educators who would beg to differ, and be pretty offended at your assumption that everyone is just like you. Also, I’m curious, why was the saddest place you’ve every seen?

    • Hibbie

      What do you suggest as an alternative?

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      I know what you mean. On a few occasions I have been able to slip into my son’s daycare unannounced as another person was exiting. When you pop in and surprise them, you see them using cellphones, looking bored or not paying attention to them at all. When I ring the bill its a different story, smiles, hugs and kisses for the kids and involvement with the others. It sucks, but I don’t have any other choice right now.

    • elle

      I am genuinely sad that has been your experience. It just goes to show how wildly different daycare centers can be since that is so the opposite of my families experience

    • Roberta

      That just sounds like a terrible daycare. In the places I worked at, they had surprise inspections all the time. If you were caught on your cellphone, you were fired on the spot and the centre risked being shut down. I am sorry you experienced the bottom barrel of childcare service though. That type of experience can understandably turn anyone off of daycares.

    • Sara610

      Your daycare doesn’t have an open-door policy? That would be a huge, huge red flag for me. My daughter’s center has a keypad in the front door that you have to enter to get in, but no one has to let you in so the teachers don’t know ahead of time if someone is coming to visit. I’ve never seen her teachers playing with cell phones, looking bored or anything else that would concern me. I agree with Roberta–this sounds like a crappy daycare. But that doesn’t meant they’re all that way.

    • LiteBrite

      No daggers, but I will say my son has been in two wonderful daycares (still is as a matter of fact). We love the one he’s in now and loved the one he was in before. No, I’m sure they don’t “love” my kid – especially the way I do – but then again I would never expect them to.

      I’m sorry you had an awful experience, but you definitely don’t speak for my experience or the experience of my son.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      Yeah, not my experience either. I’m Canadian, so I’ll preface this as I often do by saying that I think the US and Canada are very different places in a lot of ways, but our daycare is wonderful and I’m completely happy with having my kid there.

    • Sara610

      Another daycare-loving mom here. My daughter started daycare when she was 11 months old, and she has loved it since day one. No, her teachers don’t love her like I do, but only an idiot would expect them to. Are they “emotionally invested”? Probably to the same degree that, as a teacher myself, I was “emotionally invested” in my students. But it’s not a daycare provider’s job to be “emotionally invested” in the kids. It’s his or her job to keep the kids safe, care for their needs and provide them with daily structure and meaningful, engaging activities. And our daycare does all of that. It’s MY job to love her.

      My daughter is happy when we drop her off and happy when I pick her up. Anytime I’ve had to drop by in the middle of the day, she’s been happily engaged in whatever activity they were doing at the time. All parents are different, all kids are different, and sweeping generalizations are usually inaccurate.

    • Not4Me

      I have suggestions for alternatives, but I’ve been on this site long enough to know it’s not a super popular one. I’m very traditional. And I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I try to keep my strong opinions to myself about this because I would never want to accuse someone of “doing it wrong” just because it’s different than the way my husband and I chose to do it. Nobody is a bad parent for putting their child in daycare. I just wish daycares in general were a more loving place that gave more thought to who they hire.

    • Véronique Houde

      lol that totally sounded like “i know the truth but since you guys are so closed minded i’ll keep it to myself and just act all smug in my all-knowingness”

    • Sara610

      I agree, you really seem itching for a fight. Wow……

      Look, there are good daycares and bad daycares. It’s the job of the parents to research all their options and ask tough questions before putting their children in a given center, choosing daycare vs. a nanny, or center daycare vs. home daycare, etc. And believe it or not, there are some parents (like myself) who believe that being in daycare is actually GOOD for those kids who respond well to a group environment. My daughter does great in daycare, and being there has been excellent for her socially. Maybe not every kid is that way, but I’m only going to make proclamations about what I know, which is my own situation.

      There are also good SAHM’s and terrible SAHM’s. I’ve met SAHM’s who were wonderful, engaged parents, and others who plop the kids in front of cartoons for hours on end while they play FarmVille and chat online with random dudes. The decision simply to put your children in daycare or not doesn’t mean very much. Like pretty much everything else related to parenting, it’s a continuum and you seem to have only been exposed to the very low-quality, bottom-of-the-barrel end of that continuum.

      I think the reason you’re getting the reaction you are is not because you believe being a SAHM is better FOR YOUR FAMILY than putting your children in daycare. Rather, it’s because your tone, whether intentionally or not, comes across as smug and holier-than-thou, especially since your opinion seems to be informed by a less-than-comprehensive knowledge of what you’re talking about.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      I’m not playing farmville, I’m playing myVegas slots and chatting with my sister….jeeze get it right.

    • A-nony-mous

      You are not traditional, you’re ignorant. You have one experience with one or perhaps two daycares and now have decided that no daycare anywhere could possibly be any different.

      It is not necessarily a daycares job to be ‘loving’. It is a daycares job to provide a safe, respectful and supervised place for your child to be during specified hours. To make sure your toddler doesn’t choke on her bananas and that the children play nicely together and diapers are changed. Friendly, nice, supportive, warm, inviting…all great things for a daycare. But when parents start insisting that daycares must love their child in exactly the same way they do then yes, you’re going to run into problems because that simply is not possible. It does not mean your daycare is bad or low quality, it means you have unrealistic expectations of what daycare is and provides.

      Many daycares have extremely competitive and difficult hiring processes. Many require a 1-2 year degree in Early Childhood Education. Even at the low end around here, such as at mine, you need a high level of CPR training with AED training, a criminal background check and prior proven experience working with children. Then you’re hired on a probationary period. The women I work with are lovely. Most are parents themselves, many with decades of experience working with children. We may not spend every second of every day fawning over your child and cooing in their ears about how wonderful they are. Is that really realistic? We spend every second supervising them and making sure that other children are respectful and friendly and not hurting your child. We spend every second supervising them when they are eating and protecting your child’s food from the other children who inevitably try to pilfer it. Occasionally we might *gasp* sit down in a chair if things are quiet and talk to each other about things not related to the children and immediate scene in the daycare.

      Daycares can be wonderful, especially for only children who do not have siblings. I’ve seen many children who were behind or struggling in areas because some children simply do not learn from their parents. They need to be around their peers routinely to watch other children their age. Once they were put into daycare they learned very quickly and caught up. It provides good stimulation, it provides socialization and I think it’s good for children to learn how to be away from their parents and around other people and children. I think it’s also good for parents to have routine, dependable time away from their child.

    • Paul White

      If you pay my bills, sure.
      Neither my nor I make enough to support a family at any level of security on our income alone.

    • https://www.facebook.com/bluegrasskitty bgk

      Yeeeeah…I worked daycare, afterschool care AND summer camps for the Y for ten years. & I can honestly say I was and still am emotionally attached to my kids. (& yes, they’re still MY kids, even though I left 2 years ago & now just get to occasionally visit). Some of the ones who started off as middle schoolers/late elem with me who are now adults have even friended me on FB. I adored my kids.

      The moment when I started having difficulty connecting to the new group at the beginning of the year is when I decided to get out. I’d been thinking of going back to school anyway, so I saw it as the universe telling me it was time to go.

      I honestly don’t know what you mean saying it’s an “easy paycheck”. If you’re doing your job correctly, there’s nothing easy about it. :P Work at a grocery store or something if you want easy. Kids are HARD.

    • Sara610

      I agree. Whenever I hear someone referring to teaching or providing childcare as “easy money”, it’s a pretty red flag that they weren’t doing their job worth a hill of beans.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      I think you mean “Thankful I have the resources to be able to make the decision not to put my kids in daycare”.

      And saying “Nobody is a bad parent for putting their child in daycare” after you’ve said “this is why you don’t put your child in daycare….the saddest place I’ve ever seen”??? Um….that sounds like a sorrynotsorry situation right there.

      Your comments won’t be popular here because they are actually pretty mean, not because you’re “traditional”.

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      I dunno, the staff at the daycare I grew up in were the same with the parents there and when they left. I was there from ages 3 till 10, so my memories of that place were vast. No emotional scarring here.
      And the daycares I’ve seen hire people with early childhood education diplomas, which was also true of my daycare as a kid. Sorry you worked for a daycare that would hire anybody, but your comments don’t ring true for me.

    • keelhaulrose

      I’ve worked at several daycare centers, summer programs, and schools.
      I don’t love the kids like the parents do, they’re not mine. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. I delighted in first steps and first words. I’ve attended birthday and graduation parties outside of work. I cried when a child left, and I cried when I left each place. I loved them in my own way, and know my co workers did, too.
      I’m not saying there aren’t bad centers, but that doesn’t mean they’re all crap. You have your attitude going in, you’re going to feel it’s a horrible center.

    • Peggy

      In all honestly and seriousness, what do you propose as an alternative then?

    • noelle 02

      I know some women who do a child swap type of thing. Some working mothers leave their kids with some stay at home moms and then take the stay at home mom’s kids some in the evenings or weekends. It works well for the four families I know of, as the kids get friends over to play with and all the moms get some time off. I wouldn’t love the solution myself, as I wouldn’t want someone else’s kids to take care of when I finally got home to them, but they all seem happy. I don’t have other ideas, since I am fortunate enough to have a mom who stays home and would watch my crew if I had to work and therefore haven’t had to make the difficult decisions working moms make every day. My hat’s off to you all!

    • Sara610

      Thank you, it’s nice of you to say that. But let’s not forget that not all parents who put their children in daycare do so reluctantly, because they simply don’t have the resources to stay home.

      I work full-time, and my daughter is in daycare, and it doesn’t technically “have” to be that way. I work outside the home and my daughter is in daycare because we feel this is the best thing for all of us. Daycare is good for my daughter. She’s the type of kid who seems to do really well in group, social situations. She’s in a wonderful daycare in our neighborhood, and we’ve never for a moment doubted her safety (physical or emotional) while she’s there. If she were not that type of kid, or if we didn’t have access to an excellent, trustworthy daycare center, we would probably re-evaluate our options.

      And for my part, I’m happiest when I’m working. You know that saying, “When mama’s happy, everyone’s happy”? That was the best piece of advice I got when I was pregnant. I would be a crappy SAHM because I would be unhappy, just like a lot of the wonderful SAHMs I know would be crappy working moms because THEY would be unhappy. And I’m a better wife and mother when I’m happy and fulfilled on a personal level. Some might say that that makes me selfish, but I think it’s just common sense. You can’t give your best self to your family when you’re unhappy and resentful.

    • noelle 02

      My SIL is the same way and my niece and nephew are thriving in daycare and it works well for them too. She was pretty miserable when she stayed home the first year of her oldest’s life and is much happier as a working mom and I am thrilled that they are all happy. However, I also know when the kids are sick and she is pulled between being home with them or taking care of urgent responsibilities at work or when she arrives home exhausted and has to pull together energy to have fun and make memories with her kids, she has to make difficult choices and often feels she isn’t giving enough to her job or the kids. I do not in any way believe that working moms are selfish nor trapped, but I get really angry when other SAHMs talk as if working moms have it so easy because they get a “break” from their kids all day. I admire the double duties that all working moms I know do every day. Congrats on making the choice to give your child a happy home.

    • Peggy

      I agree 100% with you here. Our kids are in daycare because we both work, but I worked my ass off for my career, and enjoy what I do. My kids adore where they go, learn new things and are safe. Best of all worlds.

    • EX

      I wouldn’t want my daughter’s daycare teachers to love my child as if she were their own. That’s my job.

    • noelle 02

      I worked in daycare too while going to college and thank God every day that I am one of the lucky ones who is able to stay home with my kids. It’s not that daycare is bad, it’s just that I have so many memories of babies bawling when their parents left or three year old crying for their mommy at naptime or when they’d fall and get a skinned knee or something. I loved my kids at the daycare, not the same as with my own kids, but I’d stay late or arrive early to be there for one little breastfed boy who wouldn’t take a bottle from anyone but me. Many of the workers were great and daycare is a fine option when care for kids is needed. I get your feelings, but the judgment is pretty bad.

    • DatNanny

      Seriously? You should not have been a daycare worker, and I’m glad you realize that.

      There are people who don’t love or care for their job, as with any field. I know -through the gossip of the field – of bad daycare workers/teachers. But I have never worked in a center, even on a temp sub job, without loving the kids there. Some kids are challenging. Some are delightful. I cared for all of them, and missed them when they or I left. I have a keepsake box where I keep drawings students have made for me and photographs of field trips and activities.

      The early childhood educators I have met, worked with, or gone through school with have all been passionate and cared deeply for children and their field. You can’t love a child like a parent would – and sometimes that takes a practiced detachment. I’ve cried when jobs ended because I miss those children deeply.

      I’m an early childhood educator because children are my life, and I take the deepest joy in guiding and teaching developing minds in this precious time, watching children learn and grow and doing my best for their well-being. On the worst, most challenging days, I have never hated my job. I look forward to work every day, and I know I will be happy while I’m there. In the most difficult times of my life, caring for young children is what kept me going.

      You seem itching to fight, which is not my intention. I understand how you feel, but you are not the authority. You do not speak for all those employed in the early childhood field, or for the quality of all daycares and preschools.

    • Sara610

      Not all day cares will hire anybody. Good ones have some standards. It sounds like you worked for one with very, very low standards. You were obviously not cut out for the job, which is unfortunate, but you shouldn’t judge the entire industry based on your apparently narrow experience.

      Then again, it’s the parents’ job to find out what the standards are by asking tough questions while researching the different options available to them. If I visited a center that didn’t have an open-door policy, so that I had to give advance notice if I needed to visit, or that didn’t have minimum requirements for education and ongoing professional development, I wouldn’t even consider putting my child in there.

    • JLH1986

      I’d have to disagree. A woman who was my daycare teacher literally 25 years ago is STILL in touch with me, she attended my HS graduation, my college graduation, my wedding and will attend my graduation from grad school. I realize that’s not the norm and she doesn’t do that will all of her former students, but there are people who truly love some of the kids and miss them when they move on. And if you can’t find yourself giving a crap if you miscounted and left a kid…on their own…in Brooklyn, not only should you not be a daycare, you probably shouldn’t have kids of your own. Anyone with a minute amount of empathy SHOULD be worried about a small child not being with their class.

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      My first daycare provider added me on Facebook and congratulates me on my various life milestones. I’m thinking she must’ve cared for me too. This nonsense about daycare staff not getting attached or caring is balderdash.

    • pineapplegrasss

      This was nearly 20 years ago, but, once when I was arriving to my daughters daycare, I could hear them playing outside, so I peeked over the wall, I dont remember if I had to stand on something, pull myself up, or whatever. There was my 1 yr old child sitting on the seat of a swing next to another child sitting on a swing. The 2 ladies just chatting away behind them. My daughter slid off the seat (as expected since those types of swings arent made for a 1yr old) and she wasnt hurt or anything and the caregiver nonchalantly picked her up and put her back no big deal. I went in and out back and chatted nicely with the ladies Id chatted nicely with every day and said something like ‘arent you afraid theyll fall off?’ and she said ‘no, they dont fall off, were right here’ or something like that. Now, I hadnt even really care that she slid off the swing bc she wasnt hurt or crying. But she lied to me. For no reason. Why didnt she say ‘as a matter of fact she just fell and its so low to the ground and theres cushion blahblah whatever..’ And I didnt confront her or anything, but I never did return to that daycare. What else were they lying about? I think this type of thing happens more than us mommies want to admit.

  • meah

    Holy crap, to be that mother there to pick up her baby at the end of the day. I imagine she died a thousand tiny deaths until her child was found.

  • kay

    I work at a fancy school in the summers. I count the kids CONSTANTLY. Because if anyone has the time and energy to sue me a kid runs off it would be the ultra wealthy parents
    In infant/toddler settings the teacher: kid ratio is usually really low. I get that kids wander sometimes, but if you’ve only got 4 kids you’re in charge of I would think it’s hard to lose one.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      I still count kids obsessively. Once you get in the habit, it’s hard to stop. At the park with my own kids, I’ll find myself counting how many I’ve got to watch. Then I’m like, Wait, I don’t work here….

  • Mystik Spiral

    Two weeks seems like a long time to retrain teachers how to count…

  • Blueathena623

    How did the random person know to bring the kid back to the school? Do they wear tags or something?
    I wonder how many kids were there all together and how they were transported.

  • Yves

    I wouldn’t expect daycare center workers to be “emotionally attached” in my child – it’s an institutional setting, and they’re paid the same as a fast food worker, and no one is going to be as invested in your kid as you, no matter how fancy the daycare.

    But I would expect them to know how to count and not leave my child to the mercy of a random stranger. You know, he basic child care that you’re caring for. What a mess!

  • Rachel Sea

    Goes to show, the average random stranger is really pretty safe.