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Opelousas Man Raises Safety Concerns After He Finds Child Wandering Off Campus At Park Vista Elementary

An Opelousas man is raising safety concerns after he found a 4-year-old boy wandering off-campus at Park Vista Elementary.

Jamara Jenkins says he spotted the child who was about to walk on the road while he was turning into his driveway.

“He stepped down off of the little curb like he was about to cross the street so that’s when I called out to him.”

Worried for the child, Jenkins just wanted to bring him to safety.

“We stopped a ways away from each other and I asked him where he was going and he said he was ready to go home that’s when I told take my hand, let’s go back to the office. You can’t go home yet. School isn’t over.” said Jenkins.

He thought the boy couldn’t find his way to office, but was surprised to learn that the reality was quite different.

“Nobody would’ve known anything or how long it would have taken to know he was missing. When I brought him to the office. They didn’t even know he was missing.” said Jenkins.

Jenkins also has a daughter who attends Park Vista Elementary and the whole ordeal has him wondering if the school personnel are really paying attention to the kids.

“They need to tighten up on their procedures or whatever else. I was just happy that it was me that brought him back and not nobody else because I know I’m not going to do nothing. Good thing I wasn’t someone with ill intentions.” he said.

St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins also issued a statement.

On September 10, 2019, the St Landry Parish School District became aware of a post that was being circulated via Facebook involving a kindergarten student at Park Vista Elementary leaving campus. We have had an opportunity to interview the parent and school employees regarding this incident and we are currently working with our law enforcement agencies in gathering all the facts pertaining to this incident. The alleged incident occurred on Monday, September 9, 2019.

Because this is a personnel matter, we are unable to comment further on this incident.