Kyron Horman, age 7, has been missing for three days after disappearing from his school. According to his step-mother and other witnesses, Kyron arrived at his NW hills grade school excited about a science project he was presenting that day. His mom left him in the hallway on his way to his class, but he never made it there. The teacher marked him absent, but no one at the school called home to ask where Horman was and the bus driver did not report his absence on the bus home, presumably because he was marked absent at the beginning of the day. As a result, no one was alerted to Kyron’s disappearance until a full 7-8 hours after he was last seen.
Volunteers, the FBI, and local police have been combing the area outside Kyron’s school for the entire weekend but have found nothing. If you know anything or have seen this little boy (most recent pic at top of post, close up pic above this paragraph) please call Mutnomah County Sheriff’s Office at 503-261-2847
If you are a parent of a school age child, you may also want to ask if your school calls home when a child is not in class (mine did; it was automated). If they do, ask when the call goes out and whether or not it is automated or a real person. If they do not, lobby for an automated system or if you have the free time, organize parents to implement a call home system and do volunteer shifts to keep it staffed or raise money for an automated system. Some school districts also require that bus drivers report when students on their roster do not get on the bus; I believe the bus driver calls in to the school and the school then reports to parents, but I am not sure. You may also want to ask if this option is available or meet your child’s bus driver and ask him to call you if your child does not get on the bus, this does however mean that the only times you will be alerted is the beginning of the day and the end of the day.
Other suggestions from parents about ways to help the school keep parents informed about their young children’s whereabouts so no one else’s 7 year old is gone for 8 hours before anyone notices?
info for this post came from CNN.com