3-year-old Utah boy escapes unnoticed from preschool

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  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 5:20 p.m.

    Fire code requires that doors be able to be opened from the INSIDE
    If a door is dead bolted closed - it is required to be able to be manually unlocked from the INSIDE
    This is so a child can escape if there is an emergency - but it also creates a situation where a child can escape without an emergency

    Also: this may have been his first day of school - but it was not everyone else's first day of school

    Apparently all the other parents have been notified of the incident and will have the opportunity to respond as they choose

    It is a good that the child is safe

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 4:54 p.m.

    @Orem Parent;
    "It is beyond ridiculous what we are asking schools to do."

    Did you comprehend the article? This isn't a school. It's a for profit daycare center. They don't have "teachers". They hire minimum wage and up people to watch your kids. You think it's ridiculous to not secure exits with a bunch of pre-schoolers? It's not a school.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 2:24 p.m.

    Probably the happiest day in the preschool was when mom said, "this was his first day and his last".

    I know at the elementary school, if a kid walks out, the school can just simply go grab the kid for fear of being sued. They have to call the police and track him until the police can physically restrain the kid if necessary. The only time the school can touch him is if he is putting himself in imminent danger like running out into a street full of cars.

    It is beyond ridiculous what we are asking schools to do.

    This one was for sure a mistake on the school's part. Lock those doors. Especially on the first few days.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 11, 2018 1:19 p.m.

    In a preschool setting, there is supposed to be someone in charge of door security, and it is an absolute priority. I have taught pre-school (as well as elementary school), and a priority for teaching in any setting is to constantly monitor numbers so that if someone vanishes, there is immediate action. It has been a decade since I appeared in a classroom, but I count grandchildren constantly when we are on outings. First day of school is harder, and a good preschool director will be certain each responsibility is covered.

  • jalapenochomper Albuquerque, NM
    Sept. 11, 2018 10:35 a.m.

    A kid did what kids do. Someone made a mistake; surely that someone is looking for a new job today. Everyone feels bad. No one was hurt.

    Why is this news?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    @Colorado Reader - Littleton, CO
    Sept. 10, 2018 10:33 p.m.
    I wonder if the mom warned the teacher that her son was an 'escape artist' ? While the teacher should have noticed, I do think that is something the parent should have mentioned......."

    All little kids are escape artists. Teachers and daycare workers know that. They dropped the ball. Big time. They're lucky this ended well. Good for the mom for finding a different school. The parents of the remaining kids should receive notice regarding this incident.

  • JuliaM7 Boise, ID
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:33 a.m.

    I'm his grandma. Yes, of course they informed the teacher. His being an escape artist wasn't a factor -- the front doors that were normally locked, were left unlocked. He simply walked out the front doors, and there was no trick to it. It's a good thing there were angels watching over him... the staff wasn't.

  • Granny Saint George, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:21 a.m.

    If he's a proclaimed "escape artist," maybe Mom should have stuck around in her car for a few minutes. There's a lot going on in a preschool on the first day.

  • JuliaM7 Boise, ID
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:56 a.m.

    That's a good question, Colorado-- the answer is yes, of course . I'm his grandma, so I know they consistently work to keep him safe at home, and especially inform others in charge when they aren't there. The fact that he is smart and can "escape" is not really in play, here. The fact is, the doors were NOT LOCKED, and he walked right out, unsupervised, and no one knew he was gone until the police walked him back. It was a long enough time for him to make it to a dangerous intersection, be picked up by a good Samaritan, police called, the time for police to arrive, then walk with him back to the school. Unacceptable! The "what if's" are unbearable! It's a blessing that a Guardian Angel was watching out for Gunnar and took charge of him until police arrived, because the teachers and staff at the school certainly weren't!

  • Colorado Reader Littleton, CO
    Sept. 10, 2018 10:33 p.m.

    I wonder if the mom warned the teacher that her son was an 'escape artist' ? While the teacher should have noticed, I do think that is something the parent should have mentioned.......