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Tulsa student found safe after wandering off campus

Posted: 5:35 PM, Oct 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 22:35:48Z
TULSA -- A Green Country mother is thankful her five-year-old son is safe after school officials found him wandering out in a neighborhood, but she's wondering how he was able to leave campus without anyone noticing.
 
"Oh my God this is it, my kid is missing, and I can’t handle that," said Amanda Sowell, mother of a Kerr Elementary student.
 
Amanda Sowell says Kerr Elementary runs a pretty tight ship when it comes to pick-up from school. 
 
Her five-year-old son is designated to be picked up by a parent in a vehicle from school every day, but Wednesday afternoon something went wrong.
 
"He went to be up in the front of the line and they were like 'okay we can’t find him,'" said Sowell.
 
And so the search was on for her son.
 
"Okay let's go ahead and start scanning the neighborhood….then I yelled 'call 9-1-1'," said Sowell.
 
Fortunately he was found safe walking in the neighborhood with a friend about an hour after school let out.
 
"I was scared to death and all i could do was holler for him because I didn't know what else to do," said Sowell.
 
We asked Tulsa Public Schools how something like this could happen. Officials say the boy mistakenly got into the wrong pick-up line with neighborhood students, and a teacher found him.
 
Sowell says even though she decided to pull him out of TPS and homeschool him, she's still following up with campus police to figure out how this will never happen again.
 

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