” An angry mother and father in a suburb of Sacramento are suing the Natomas Unified School District after their emotionally distraught seven-year-old daughter was left completely unattended and went wandering around town all by herself in the middle of a Wednesday school day.
The incident began to unfold around 9 a.m. on Dec. 18 at Jefferson Elementary School in Natomas, Calif,reports KTXL
Jason Dillard said that his second-grade daughter, Samaya, had spilled some water in class. The teacher, Lupe Rodriguez, was frustrated about it. In response, Dillard said, Rodriguez dragged the seven-year-old girl out of class as she was sitting in her chair.
Rodriguez allegedly left the girl outside the class for quite awhile until she eventually wandered down the hall, out the door and off school grounds.
Meanwhile, Samaya had quite an adventure. She moseyed down a busy road. She traipsed over an interstate over pass at one point, crossing freeway entrance and exit ramps. She then kept walking, for about two miles altogether.
She stopped into a Walmart. She eventually ambled into an On the Border fast-casual restaurant and asked for a cup of water. Employees at On the Border contacted police and asked for an officer to come to the restaurant to make sure the girl was okay. The police refused, apparently believing that a seven-year-old girl walking around with no adult supervision in the middle of a school day is nothing to be alarmed about.
Video footage from both the Walmart and the On the Border restaurant shows that she was there. “
As the Daily Mail points out the day was a blustery 46 degrees and the poor girl was dressed in only jeans and a light sweat shirt .
” Feeling abandoned, the little girl wandered off campus, walked down Truxel Road and over the Interstate 5 entrance and exit ramps – all the way to an On The Border restaurant about two miles away where she asked for water.
The restaurant manager said he called police who didn’t respond to the welfare check, before Samaya walked off.
It was a chilly 46 degrees and Samaya was only wearing a light sweat shirt and jeans.
‘ When I got the call from the school it was 11.30 (in the morning). So, when I get to school and I say when was the last time you saw my child and they say 9.30, I’m thinking, ‘this girl may not ever come back’,’ Jason Dillard said.”
To top it off , the teacher has been a known problem for some time now but , thanks to the teacher’s union , continues at her job .
” The anxious father pulled his twin daughters out of class, got in his car and drove around the neighborhood searching for his missing daughter. He eventually found her wandering the streets.
The Dillards told Fox 40 the school had warned them about Rodriguez early on.
‘ We’re working on this teacher with the teachers union, but there’s only so much we can do,’ said Damia Dillard, repeating what school administrators allegedly told her.”
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