A 10-year-old boy wasn’t sure what to do last week when he watched an elderly man take his little sister by the hand and lead her out of their school.
According to WPIX, the incident occurred on February 7 at a public school in Brooklyn, New York.
The little girl was at an after-school program in the late afternoon when an unidentified man walked into Public School 189 unchallenged and escorted the 6-year-old out.
Luckily, her big brother was keeping an eye on her.Screenshot?WPIX
According to Yahoo 7, the 10-year-old followed the man and his sister down the street for about five minutes and waited for the perfect moment to get ahold of his sister.
As soon as he saw the man release the 6-year-old’s hand, he grabbed her and ran to the home of a relative who lives nearby. Both of them managed to get to safety unharmed.
Yahoo 7 reports the little boy thought that the man was attempting to kidnap his sister, and so did police— at first.
Authorities initially described the man as being in his 50s.
But it was later determined that he was in his 90s, had simply taken the wrong child by mistake, and had no “ill intent,” News 12 reports.
But still, parents were left wondering why it was so easy for a stranger to grab a child and leave school property.Screenshot/WPIX
One mother told WPIX that the incident was “very scary.” She said:
“The school is supposed to be where your kids are safe. That’s why they go there, but I think they need more security in the school.”
Mark Zustovich, an Education Department spokesman, said that NYC Department of Youth and Community Development is currently conducting an investigation into the incident, since it seems proper protocol wasn’t followed. Zustovich said:
“The safety of young people is our top priority. According to protocol, adults entering the building are required to sign in with a School Safety Officer, and an after-school provider can only release a child to a person on the authorized pick up list.”
The elderly man responsible for accidentally taking the little girl will not face any charges, Yahoo 7 reports.