Guest blogger Chloe: Yesterday, my husband was about ten minutes early picking up my 6-year-old daughter from school ... and saw her walking down the street outside the school by herself!
She said she had gone to the lost and found to find her lunchbox and then couldn't find where her class went. (They were on the playground.) So she decided to walk out of the school and down the sidewalk (bordering a busy street) all by herself to see if her class had been dismissed.
This scared the hell out of us -- that a kid (OUR kid!) could just walk off campus without anyone knowing. How easy would it have been for someone to just scoop her up and pull her in their car ... with no witnesses?!
We told our daughter about Kyron Horman, the Portland, Ore., boy who's been missing for almost two weeks, ever since his elementary school science fair. We told her how he went missing from school, too -- and how you can NEVER leave school grounds unattended. If you get lost at school or separated from your class, we told her, just go to the principal's office and they will help you.
This was a major wake-up call. We'd always thought our school was safe -- and that our daughter would never leave school grounds.
Turns out we were wrong on both counts.