Preschooler mistakenly released from head start
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Two teachers from a head start program are now on suspension after the program says they mistakenly released a three-year-old girl, to a daycare that was not authorized to take care of the girl.
Clarisa Williams is nine months pregnant, but it’s her three-year-old daughter, a student at Frost Head Start, that has her concerned.
“Every every parent when they come here, when they drop your child they are dropping off their most valuable possession. That is their baby, that is their world,” she said. But on Monday, she felt like her world was crashing, when she found out her daughter, Mylia, was checked out and gone.
“I just had to step out the classroom because of course I am overrun with emotions. Everything in my mind is going through it because my baby is gone. She is with a complete stranger,” said Williams.
Within minutes, the daycare, Sister Dee’s, realized they had the wrong child, and turned the van around. The owner says the teacher told them to take Mylia. The driver was on a new route and was expecting a new student, according to the daycare. But the school officials say--- it was a mistake releasing the girl.
“The teachers were suspended as soon as we came aware of the issue,” Rainey Talbot of the Community Action Project says they are launching a full investigation of the incident and their policies.
Clarisa Williams says the policies they have seem to work, but in this case, they were not utilized.
“To me, at that moment I know her teacher is a mother, but at the end of the day, that was careless. That was extremely careless because you should have been checking you should have went through your steps.”
The Community Action Project sent a letter out to parents to let them all know what happened.