Mum horrified as son, 6, manages to escape school & walk 15 minutes home in the middle of the day without staff knowing

A MUM was left horrified after her six-year-old son managed to escape from school and walk 15 minutes home in the middle of the day without staff noticing.

The mum says her husband called her at Monday lunchtime to say their little boy had come home from Whitleigh Primary School in Plymouth after “pressing a button” and leaving.


The headteacher of the school has since apologised for the escape, adding that it was unacceptable, Plymouth Live reports.

The distressed mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, said her son would have crossed four roads to make the journey home.

She said: “My husband rang me and said our son had just walked through the door.

“I was at uni at the time so I wasn’t here, my husband was here watching our youngest.

“They were just about to leave to go to the shop and our eldest walked through the door on his own. He said all he had to do was press a button and he just left.

“He would’ve had to have crossed four different roads to get home. It usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to walk there.”

The terrified mum said she raced home as her husband took the little boy back to school.

She explained: “He rang them and said can he check on his progression.

“They said that they’d check and he said that they didn’t need to as he was at home. That’s the first they knew of it.

“All I care about is other children. Any child could do that, they could walk out at any time. They could walk out.”

Gavin Summerfield, headteacher of Whitleigh Community Primary School said: “We treat the safeguarding of our children as an absolute priority so clearly Monday’s incident is not acceptable and we have apologised to the child’s family.

“In light of what happened, we immediately reviewed our shared facility site security and have made a number of other changes that will prevent situations like this from ever occurring again.

“We have referred the incident to the relevant authorities and are continuing to work with the family.”

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