Dallas Mom Upset After Daughter Walks Away From School, Was Never Notified

Andrew Greenstein
September 13, 2019 - 6:46 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas school leaders have some explaining to do after a five-year-old walks out of school completely unnoticed.

Alessia attends kindergarten at Highland Meadows Elementary School.

Last Thursday, she left school unnoticed and walked two blocks home, crossing a busy street in the process.

"She was crossing the street," Alessia's mother, Jenniffer Castaneda, tells NBC-5. "There was a car passing by, and he let her go through. That's when she started running. She says she was thinking out loud, 'mommy, mommy.'"

Castaneda's father -- the girl's grandfather -- was, to say the least, surprised.

"He says he heard someone crying," Castaneda says. "So he came out, and there she was crying."

Alessia apparently had an accident after her teacher didn't notice her raising her hand asking if she could use the bathroom.

Embarrassed, she walked the path that she and her mother take every morning and afternoon to and from school to go home and change.

"She was just gone for 20 minutes," Castaneda says, "but 20 minutes is a lot to me."

Castaneda was home within 15 minutes; and five minutes later, her daughter was back at school.

In a statement, Dallas ISD calls it a breakdown in protocol and will review its procedures to ensure that it doesn't happen again.