7-year-old LPS student found wandering in road during school hours

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – A 7-year-old student at a Lincoln elementary school walked away from the property on Monday and was found walking down the middle of the street.

A 7-year-old girl was found walking in the middle of this intersection on NW 48th Street near Bowling Lake during school hours on September 9, 2019.

According to Lincoln Public Schools, the student at Arnold Elementary, located in the Air Park area, left the building through a side door while the students were “transitioning between classrooms.”

LPS said a community member found the student and brought her back to the school.

The mother of the child, Jennifer Higgins, said her daughter was spotted by a daycare worker who recognized her as she was walking in the middle of NW 48th Street near Bowling Lake.

"If a seven year old can walk out of a building what's to say a younger kid that doesn't know where they're walking and gets hit by a car," said Higgins.

According to Higgins, the class her daughter should have been attending began around 11:30 a.m., but she wasn’t found until roughly 12:15 p.m.

Higgins said she has yet to receive answers from the district as to how her daughter's absence from the school was not noticed.

Now, she wants to see LPS change its security measures.

"A security guard, cameras, I don't know something. We need to keep these kids safe," said Higgins.

LPS released the following statement:

“We continue to work with everyone connected to the incident that occurred yesterday at Arnold Elementary School. When incidents like this occur, we review our processes and procedures to make sure we are doing everything in our power to keep students safe. We are thankful our schools are located within a caring community of neighbors who all look out for one another."