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Student Walks Out of Fayette County School a Second Time

Posted at 11:17 PM, Mar 26, 2019

LEXINGTON, KY (Lex 18) – A Fayette County mother said she’s in disbelief after her six-year-old son walked out of Mary Todd elementary for the second time in two years.

In August of 2017, Christina Broughton told Lex 18 how her son, Frankie, walked out of his kindergarten class unsupervised. On Tuesday, it happened again.

“I opened the door and Franklin is standing right there. just walks right in,” Broughton said.

Just like last time, Frankie walked nearly a quarter mile from Mary Todd Elementary. While the six-year-old was unfazed, his parents couldn’t be more upset.

After the last time he walked out of school the Broughtons met with Fayette County Public Schools leaders to create a safety plan that was supposed to keep Frankie in the building.

“He is supposed to be handed hand to hand off to a teacher or somebody at the school,” Broughton said.

“Student safety is a priority for us in the Fayette County Public Schools and our standards were not met today,” said FCPS Spokesperson Lisa Deffendall in a statement. “School and district leaders worked together after the first incident to develop a specific plan at Mary Todd, and that plan was not followed. We cannot discuss personnel matters, but we will take deliberate action to ensure this never happens again.”

Ironically, Frankie’s older brother also left Mary Todd twice. Both times he was around Frankie’s age.

“I should be able to send my child to school without anxiety or worry or fear that he’s going to leave the building,” Broughton said.