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PBVSD: 6-year-old climbed six-foot fence during school, went home to use restroom

Boy and other students were in "restricted area" on campus
Posted at 5:11 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 20:11:55-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A 6-year-old student at Old River Elementary School scaled a six-foot fence and walked two blocks to his grandmother's home to use the bathroom Friday morning.

Panama Buena-Vista School District officials confirmed to 23ABC News that the boy went missing for about 10 minutes after lunch-recess.

"We are looking at our student monitoring procedures and policies," said Gerrie Kincaid, the Assistant Superintendent for PBVSD.

Kincaid said the boy and "two to three other students" were in a restricted area on the campus and were not being supervised by school staff.

When the students returned to class, the boy's classmates told staff that the boy left the campus to go to the bathroom. He said he didn't want to wait in line at the school.

Kincaid said the boy was found around 11:35 a.m. -- about 10 minutes after he went missing -- when they checked the address listed in the student's records. He was found safe in the front yard of his grandmother's home about two blocks from the school.

Kincaid added that she personally met with the boy's parents about the incident.