ANDERSON, Ind. - A second-grade boy had to call 911 for help after he was left alone at his school for hours after everyone else left for the day.
Joyce Larry said her son, Damarion Larry, was alone in a room in the dean's office at Valley Grove Elementary School for more than four hours Tuesday.
"He was in this room from 2:22 to almost 6:45, nothing to drink, nothing to eat, and it's really just troublesome that something like that could even happen," Joyce Larry told RTV6.
Damarion had been taken to the office for a timeout after acting out in class.
Anderson school leaders say administrators left for the day around 4 p.m., locking the doors and accidentally leaving Damarion behind.
Joyce Larry said she worried that her son had gotten off at the wrong bus stop, so she started calling around to find him. When that didn't work, she began calling the school, then eventually went to the school.
She said the school was mostly closed down, but an employee who was leading an after-school program was still there. Joyce Larry said she asked the employee if her son might still be at the school, and the employee said there was no way he was.
Eventually, the employee and Joyce Larry called the principal at home, and the principal came to the school to help look for the boy, the mother said.
By the time the principal joined the search, Damarion had called the police.
He said he called 911 after waking up to a dark, empty school.
"I woke up and I was by myself in that room, and then I stayed in there for a while, and then I came out and I checked the door and nobody was there, so I called the police," he said.
Anderson Community School Superintendent Dr. Felix Chow said the incident was an unfortunate oversight.
"No adult deliberately tried to ignore the child and leave the child in the room," Chow said. "Somehow, no adult observed the child's presence in any room."
Chow said the school changed its policy Wednesday, and in the future students will be escorted by an adult from Point A to Point B to avoid putting other children in Damarion's position.
Joyce Larry said she's not satisfied with a mere policy change, and she thinks administrators should be held accountable for leaving a child alone, just as a parent would be held accountable.
Chow said child protective services made a preliminary phone call to look into the incident, but its decided not to investigate further.
Chow said the school is conducting its own investigation, but he did not say whether any disciplinary action has been taken against any school employees.