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Parent questions policies after student released to wrong person

Student leaves class with unapproved person
Posted at 2:25 PM, Dec 05, 2017

A parent is raising serious concerns whether Clark County School District policies were followed after her 10-year-old daughter was allowed to leave school with an unapproved person.

The pickup mix up involves a fourth grader from Cortez Elementary near Lake Mead Blvd. and Lamb.

Sequoia Cranford says last week her daughter, Desire Davis, was mistakenly allowed to leave class without her permission or knowledge.

"It's scary, it's really, really scary. I could be sitting here crying right now asking where is my child," said Cranford.

"I could be running from an ex-husband, or even her father, and they could just take my child and I would never know where she is again," added Cranford.

Cranford says not only was her child removed from class for the day, but the school allowed the unauthorized person to withdraw her daughter from the school.

"When I went to the office I said, 'well, can you provide me the name, the first and last name of the person who withdrew my child. She said all we forgot to get ID, just like it was that easy," said Cranford.

As it turns out, Desire ended up with her mother's former acquaintance.

Cranford explains school staff mistakenly included Desire with a group of other children which were being withdrawn from the school.

A Clark County Spokesperson released a statement regarding the incident:

“Last week, school administration was made aware of a matter involving a student picked up from Cortez Elementary School by an individual who was not on the student’s approved pick-up list.

“After learning about the incident, the school principal quickly worked to communicate with the student’s parent to address any concerns.

“Additionally, measures have been taken to prevent an incident like this from reoccurring.”


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