Parents mad at son, school for son wandering off

Boy, 5-year-old friend walked out of classroom

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - One minute they were safely behind the school walls. Minutes later teachers discovered said they were missing.

Last Friday, two 5-year-olds wandered away from their classroom at Osceola Elementary, off State Road 207 in St. Augustine.

Now parents, school administrators and teachers want to know how that happened.
Parents of one of the boys said they scolded their son for deciding to leave school with a friend, but they are also placing blame on the school. 

"No words can come to mind, coming home and seeing them sitting right there outside. And thank God these two kids were OK. It could have been bad in so many different ways, it's not even funny," Kit Tappen said about his child wandering away from school.

"They lost two 5-year-old kids, and they have to walk through the woods," said Tappen's wife, Tania.

The St. Johns School District responded with a statement: "We are reviewing why proper procedures were not followed, and appropriate action will be taken when all the details are compiled. The safety of our students is paramount."

Many may remember a similar incident last month on Jacksonville's Westside.

A woman happened to find a 6-year-old girl who was walking in a ditch along a busy road. The child had wandered off from school.

School administrators responded by promising they would step up their safety and security measures at the school.

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