STERLING, Conn. (CBS/AP) -- Parents in a small eastern
Connecticut town say they're upset and demanding action by local
officials after a man went to a school to pick up his great-grandson and
took the wrong child home.
The 5-year-old boy's mother and
other parents criticized school officials in Sterling during a local
Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.
The boy's mother,
Angela Stone, says the incident happened Friday afternoon at Sterling
Community School. She says her son refused to get out of the man's car
at his home, and the man's wife noticed the mistake. The man drove the
boy back to the school.
CBS affiliate WFSB in Hartford reports the mistake was made because the great-grandfather
and the man who was supposed to pick up the boy were wearing similar
Stone called school officials incompetent and said they
should be disciplined for not contacting police after the incident.
Stone said the principal's assurances that he knew the man who picked up
her son, and that her son was safe, were not enough.
Superintendent Rena Klebart acknowledges mistakes were made and says
officials are making changes to prevent similar incidents.
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