Missing children provoke panic
A CRESCENT Lagoon State School prep student wandered out of the school grounds on his first day, triggering a police search, it has been revealed.
A worried father contacted The Morning Bulletin this week after reading our report on Tuesday about two prep girls who slipped, unnoticed, from the grounds of Parkhurst State School, sparking a panic on day two of school, last Thursday.
“As a parent, it’s concerning. I hope when I drop my five-year-old off at school that she’s safe,” the father, who wished not to be named, said.
The father has a little girl who has just started prep at Crescent Lagoon.
A prep student – a little boy – went missing just after noon last Wednesday and was found about 20 minutes later.
The school initiated a search for the child involving police, and the student, unharmed, was located and taken safely back to school.
The father phoning The Morning Bulletin said if he was the missing boy’s father, he would be very distraught.
“Most children that age don’t know how to cross streets on their own. We have a park near our house and I don’t even let my kids play there by themselves,” he said.
Wayne Butler, Education Queensland’s regional director said the school made contact with the child’s parents to advise them about the incident.
“On the first day of the school year, prep students are settling in and learning new routines,” Mr Butler said.
He emphasised that the school and staff treated the matter very seriously.
“It is unfortunate that this student was able to leave the classroom unnoticed for a short period of time.”
Since the incident the school has implemented a number of strategies to ensure that this does not happen again, including a “buddy” for this student.
The furious mother of one of the young girls who left the school grounds at Parkhurst last Thursday said the thought of what might have happened to her daughter made her sick in the stomach.
The children were unharmed, but the mother was so incensed she has removed the girl and her sister from the school in protest.