Supt. looks to change policy after child wanders out of school

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Public Schools are looking for ways to prevent students from wandering out of their buildings.

Last month a 5-year-old left School 82, and was later found by a police officer. The district is forming a new policy that would help train staff members on what to look out for.

Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie said, “The new policy will add too the existing supervision by making, obligating the school district to informing the staff of students with known wandering behavior.”

Ogilvie acknowledged the school mishandled the situation at School 82. The child’s parents say, at first, Principal Denise Segars-McPhatter wanted to suspend the 5-year-old for leaving the school. That decision was quickly reversed and Segars-McPhatter was later put on administrative leave.

The school board is expected to debate the change to district policy on how to handle this type of situation next week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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