Today we had a three year old boy wandering around on our school playground....
"Is your mommy here?"
"No, I'm just playing."
"What's your name?"
"Carlos." (all names have been changed for protection)
"What's your last name?"
"I don't know."
"What's mommy's name?"
"What's daddy's name?"
"How old are you?"
"Three and my brother goes to school here."
"What is his name?"
"Mi-Mi." (Of 900 students...none of them are named Mi-Mi.)
Carlos is dressed well, clean and fed. He is taken to the office and the police are called. We figure he couldn't have walked far and after they canvas the neighborhood they find his house. The babysitter is the 14 year old sister who fell asleep on the couch. Why is she at home, you might ask? Hmmm...she says she was sick today. So, a "sick" 14 year old is taking care of a 3 year old. We also learned that little Carlos does have a brother that attends our school, but we know him as Michael. Mom and Dad were called and come to the school to pick up Carlos. We also had to contact social service.
MOMMY AND DADDY, PLEASE TEACH YOUR CHILDREN YOUR REAL NAMES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Around the age of 4 they should also be able to recite their:
* phone number
* full name
* and know how to call 911