Jadaelyn Jackson, 6, hugs his mother after being reunited with his family after a four-hour ordeal on Monday. Jackson, a Brentwood Elementary kindergartner, went missing around 3:45 p.m. when he boarded the wrong bus after school. He was later at a local day care. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 1:32 AM
Brentwood Elementary School and the Calcasieu Parish School Board are continuing to investigate how a kindergartner was allowed on a day care van instead of the bus he usually takes home after school.
Jadaelyn Jackson, 6, was reported missing on Monday when he did not return home after school. His older sister said she did not see him get on the bus with her, and a review of bus cameras reportedly did not show Jackson boarding either bus.
Authorities, community members and educators searched for the boy until All About Kids Day Care called officials to say Jackson was at their center the whole time and that he was safe.
Jackson, who was returned to his parents at about 7:45 p.m., has been both a bus and a car rider in the past, according to Assistant Superintendent Gary Anderson. The day care was expecting a new student from the elementary school and mistook Jackson for the child they were meant to pick up, he said.
“We’re initiating an investigation and will make those changes to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Brent Washington, Brentwood Elementary principal. “We are very appreciative to the Calcasieu community and were very impressed with everyone who came out to help. The public, the School Board ... the Sheriff’s Department, they did a phenomenal job and were really on top of it.”
Washington said teachers stand outside with students as they leave school grounds. Schools officials are weighing their options to improve surveillance as children leave. On Tuesday the School Board continued to review reports on the incident from Brentwood educators as well as speak to employees at the day care that picked up Jackson.
“We want to make sure we have procedures to make sure children are where they’re supposed to be,” said Calcasieu Parish School Superintendent Wayne Savoy. “There are some things that we could do better and that need to be tightened. We’re going to analyze everything that occurred so that this doesn’t happen again.”