A North Carolina daycare worker has been fired after a toddler was found behind
the Sunshine Kids Learning Academy, desperately trying to get back inside after being
locked out, according to Fox
Tina Quizon, who works next door to the Charlotte-based daycare, was alerted to the incident when she heard the young boy
"He was certainly distraught, and you could hear it in
his crying," Quizon told reporters. "He sounded like he had been there trying to reach that door and get
in for a while."
Photograph by Tina Quizon
So, the quick-thinking mother and grandmother did what any
responsible caregiver would do: After whipping out her phone to record a
video, she approached the daycare center.
"Do you guys work here?" she asked while entering
the facility. "There's a child at the back door that's been left
When confronted about the toddler, daycare workers gave
Quizon conflicting stories. One of them reportedly thought that the boy had already gone
However, when later interviewed by reporters, school
administrator Catherine Harrington said that the child was with the teacher
outside during recess, which ends around 5:15 p.m. [to prepare for 5:30 pickup].
"As they came into the building," she said, "he apparently went
back out, right by the door that they were coming into."
"So, he could've been out there, like, 20 minutes?"
asked Fox 46.
"It's a possibility," Harrington replied.
The reporter then asked, "When is it ever OK to have
a child out there by themselves?"
"This is never OK," responded Harrington. "Never OK. We always have the staff in place to be able to
accommodate the children in our care, so it is never OK. All teachers need to always know how many
children are present in their particular space at any given time."
Fortunately, the boy was unharmed, and the teacher, who neglected
to do a head count, was immediately let go. Thankfully, this concerned citizen heard his cries for help and did
something about it.
“With all the things we’re reading lately, with children
being abducted,” said Quizon, "it takes a whole community to keep our children