A DC elementary school mistakenly turned over the wrong 8-year-old student to a child-welfare worker.
When the student's relatives arrived to pick him up later that day, they realized he was missing and panicked.
Washington City Paper reported that the mix-up happened when the case worker arrived and requested the student he was supposed to pick up, and school officials brought out a different student who shared the same distinctive first name.
An elementary school in Washington, DC, accidentally handed over the wrong 8-year-old student to a child-welfare worker, causing the young boy's family to panic when they arrived at the school to pick him up that day and realized he was missing.
Washington City Paper reported that a Child and Family Services Agency case worker arrived at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School on January 31 to pick up a child for a visit with his father.
But the school brought out a different student who happened to have the same distinctive first name, and the case worker left the school with the incorrect child around 2 p.m. that day.
The mistake wasn't caught until the student's relatives arrived at the school that afternoon to pick him up, and learned he had left with a child-welfare worker.
In response to a request for comment, the CFSA directed Insider to comments from its director, Brenda Donald, quoted in The Washington Post. Donald told the newspaper that the case worker had not previously met the child he was supposed to pick up before arriving at the school, and the child he mistakenly picked up never raised any questions about why he was taken from his classroom.
"He's a little kid, and usually the schools are trying to explain in a nice way that here's a nice person from CFSA who is going to take you to McDonald's to have lunch," Donald told The Post. "It was a mistake, and it's explainable. And again, I can understand the family being upset."
The school's principal, Amanda Delabar, sent a letter to parents confirming that a "student went briefly missing from school premises after being picked up incorrectly by Child and Family Services," according to the letter obtained by Insider.
Delabar said in the letter school officials had made "every effort to protect the student's and family's privacy," and said all staff had been reminded of school security protocols that include mandatory sign-ins and sign-outs, and identification requirements for any outside agencies picking up students.
But the family of the child who was mistakenly removed from school remained livid, telling Washington City Paper they had feared the boy was harmed.
"I just can't understand," his grandfather, Jason Myers, told the newspaper. "Anyone can come with a badge and take anyone's kid."
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