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Mother Furious After School Sends Stepdaughter Home With Friend’s Father

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ELK GROVE (CBS13) – A mother was furious after she says her 10-year-old stepdaughter was allowed to leave school with a man who is not a relative.

Alicia Autrand says her stepdaughter Gabby was never given the emergency list of numbers to call. Instead, she called the number of a friend’s father, to come pick her up.

Her father is disabled and her stepmother was out of town, so Gabby called a friend’s father to get her, without their permission.

“They signed her out at 2:20 p.m. We didn’t get a phone call until 5:30, when I realized that she was gone from the school,” said Autrand.

Autrand is furious.

“Anything could have happened there in those three hours,” she said.

It turns out nothing did happen, but the Elk Grove Unified School District acknowledges the major error.

“The school made a mistake; unfortunately, the student should have been released to someone on their emergency contact list,” said Liz Graswich, an Elk Grove Unified School District representative.

The school district is investigating the incident, and reviewing policy and procedure at Isabelle Jackson Elementary.

But, Autrand isn’t satisfied, saying it took until CBS13 showed up for the district to finally call her back to address the problem.

“I just want to know that my daughter is going to be safe while she is at school,” said Autrand.

The story doesn’t end there; Autrand says she’s already looking for lawyers. She’s considering legal action against the school district.

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