Fire code requires that doors be able to be opened from the INSIDEIf a
door is dead bolted closed - it is required to be able to be manually unlocked
from the INSIDEThis is so a child can escape if there is an emergency -
but it also creates a situation where a child can escape without an emergencyAlso: this may have been his first day of school - but it was not
everyone else's first day of schoolApparently all the other
parents have been notified of the incident and will have the opportunity to
respond as they chooseIt is a good that the child is safe
@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
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.
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.
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
@Colorado Reader - Littleton, COSept. 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
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
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.
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
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.......