2nd grader walks away from school, found wandering Highway 501

2nd grader walks away from school, found wandering Highway 501
(Source: Raycom Media)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A second grader from Waccamaw Elementary walked out of school and was later found wandering on Highway 501.

A spokesperson from the Horry County School District told WMBF News an attorney representing the child's parents sent a letter of notice to the district office and they cannot comment in detail at this time.

Parents at the school say they were not notified of the incident.

"It's kind of scary, for one to know that he's not being watched well enough and he just walked out and you never know where he's going to end up or what's going to happen," Pamela Phillips said.

In a call for service report from the Horry County Police Department it details the call to police on January 11th around 1:30 p.m. Police say a woman called saying she found a child running alone on Highway 501.

The notes go on to say the boy told the woman, who happens to be another parent from Waccamaw Elementary, that someone slapped him and he walked out of there.

As a parent of another second grader at the school, Pamela Phillips drops her child off with the belief he's in safe hands.

"Well for one that he was going to be watched constantly and if anything were to happen, then I would be alerted," she said.

A spokesperson for the school district said the boy asked to go to the bathroom and when he didn't return, the teacher sent another boy to look for him.

After checking surveillance video, school officials saw the boy left through one of the school's exits. Not the main entrance.

While some feel making sure children don't leave school unattended is the school's responsibility, other parents feel it is a parent's responsibility to make sure their child knows not to leave school.

Pamela Phillips says she talks to her child as much as possible.

"Well actually I talk to my kid every day, and I tell him this ... you know I go over everything... you don't talk to strangers, you don't walk out where you're not supposed to be. I always tell him to make sure you know what you're doing and you do what you're supposed to," Phillips said.

The School District told WMBF News while you have to be buzzed into the school, it is against emergency procedure to ever lock doors from the inside.

"Things happen, and I hope in the future that it doesn't happen again like that but I am pleased with the safety of the school," Phillips said.

Police say within a half hour the boy was taken back to the school and his parents were called.

The school district told WMBF News the elementary schools do not have SRO's.

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