5-year-old walks out of Bronx school alonePosted: Updated:
A furious father is demanding answers from P.S. 73 after his 5-year-old son was able to wander out of school alone and the school didn't immediately notify him, or call 911.
Jerry Camacho was told that his son, Jeremy, who has autism, was brought down to the cafeteria to wait for his school bus. The school was not able to tell him how Jeremy was able to leave and end up several blocks away, alone on the Grand Concourse. The school eventually told him Jeremy was at the 44th Precinct on 169th Street, when he was actually taken to Housing Court, located blocks away, by a Good Samaritan. Camacho says he is grateful Jeremy didn't end up in the wrong hands.
"I put my son in that school and I trust them that he gets home safe. They didn't do their jobs," said Camacho. The father says he no longer trusts the school and plans to pull his son out. He said he is also not ruling out taking legal action, as he holds the school accountable for what he said is a clear lack of supervision.
In a statement, the Department of Education says it is happy Jeremy was found and returned home safely, and that it is looking into the incident.