Student wanders out of New Hanover County school

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Safety policies are being reviewed after a Kindergarten student wandered out of a building at Forest Hills Global Elementary School at around 11:00 a.m. yesterday.

A grandparent notified staff that they saw the child walking toward the street. The principal and assistant principal brought the child back to school.

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New Hanover County Schools Spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum said that the principal has reviewed safety procedures with the Forest Hills Elementary staff.

She also said that, typically, the district implements an individual safety plan once it becomes aware that a student is prone to wandering off.

Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday called this an ‘isolated incident’.



“You don’t necessarily have to change procedures for an outlier. If you look at what went wrong with that particular and see if there are things that need to be done with that particular child. And if not then you want to look at the general procedure in the school,” Holliday said.

Holliday added although kids will be kids, the school takes matters like this very seriously.

“As any parent would know, or grandparent if you’ve got more than one of your children or grandchildren at the mall. You’ve got to make sure you’re looking all the time. Because one of them can get away from you very quickly. So it’s not something that we like to happen. And every time we have something like this happen we sit down and take a look at it,” Holliday said.

As of now, no procedures have been changed.