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ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) - An Alton couple is upset that their son was allowed to leave school on his own this week. They say the five-year-old was found on a street nearly 10 blocks away.

Jaime McElroy says she got a call Wednesday saying her five-year-old son Darryl Jr. managed to just walk out of East Elementary School on Washington Avenue.

"I feel like it never should have happened," said Jaime.

Darryl says he told his teacher he wasn't feeling well. He went to the nurse's office but no one was there. He wanted to leave so he told his teacher the nurse said he could go. He then walked out into the busy street.

"He should have been supervised," said Jaime.

Jaime says an acquaintance found Darryl hiding behind a suburban on Edsall Street, which is about three blocks away from his home. It's about 9 blocks away from his school. Darryl says he was hiding because a dog was chasing him.

"Anything could have happened to our son. He could have been hit by a car, someone could have picked him up, could have never seen him again," said Darryl Sr.

"It was so irresponsible on everybody's part. Everyone at the school is to blame," said Jaime.
Officials with the Alton school district say they cannot comment on the incident because of student confidentiality.

"The school has policies and procedures in place that ensure student safety," said Assistant Superintendent Kristie Baumgartner. "When incidents occur such as this we always review those policies and procedures to ensure that they are effective in protecting our students."

She says the school is investigating the incident.

"I would never stand for it to happen again whether it be my child or someone else's," said Darryl Sr.

"It was so irresponsible on everybody's part. Everyone at the school is to blame," said Jaime.