Parents confront school officials after girl with Down syndrome found wandering outside

There are new concerns from parents after they confronted school officials about a young student with special needs who managed to wander away without anybody stopping her.

Administrators also met with the girl's mother and the man who saved the child.

An emergency meeting was held Thursday night at Woodson Elementary at 44th and Evans after a 7-year-old girl with Down syndrome recently wandered off the school's campus and was saved by a Good Samaritan. He was at this meeting and he is mad that CPS is not doing more to keep kids safe.

A viral video sparked the controversy for the Chicago school. It shows a stranger returning the young girl to a school that she left during school hours, apparently without anybody noticing.

The girl -- named "Destiny" -- wandered out of Woodson Elementary Monday and into the back yard of Anton Montgomery, and then into his home. Anton took a Facebook live video of him bringing her back. He only knew she went there because she was wearing her uniform.

The incident caused the school to call a meeting with the girl’s parents and Montgomery who has a step-daughter at the school.

"I feel like they're trying to do what they need to do, but it's still not enough because we demand answers,” Montgomery said, adding that having the dialogue is important.

"So if I feel as a parent that you're not doing what you need to do for my child or for your students, then we have a problem,” he said.

CPS in a statement called the case "unacceptable" and said in part, "we are working with the school to ensure that proper procedures are in place to prevent this from happening again."

FOX 32 spoke to the mother of the 7-year-old girl and she says that she and her daughter are far too upset and she is way too emotional right now to speak on camera about this. As for the school, they're not commenting beyond CPS' original statement.

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