"A good Samaritan helped reunite a mother with her 6-year-old son, who was found wandering along a busy road after he walked out of an elementary school," KOCO reports.
First-grader Xavier left Southern Hills Elementary School on Tuesday after he told his teacher that he had to use the bathroom. Instead, he was found walking along Interstate 240 and Western Avenue in the rain with no adult in sight.
Amanda Lopez, who was driving in the area, told KOCO 5 that she was in the right place at the right time. She recorded a video, stunned at what she was seeing.
"There's a 6-year-old little boy standing out here in the street by himself," Lopez said while recording the video.
Lopez is furious, saying a mother could have lost a child.
"We're putting our babies in these people's hands, and for that baby to walk off like that, it's not right," Lopez said.
Lopez and a group of others helped Xavier and tracked down his mother, who was visibly upset and wondering how this happened.
"I don't understand why he was able to walk out them doors and through a fence. I don't understand that," Xavier's mother, Amber Mateos, said.
Oklahoma City Public Schools officials called the incident unfortunate, saying, "We are currently working through it with school staff and the family involved. As always, the safety and security of OKCPS students is our top priority."
Lopez is thankful she was in the right place at the right time but hopes the situation leads to more than just an apology.
"That child walking down the side of the highway like that, anybody could've took home and he woulda been gone," Lopez said.
According to Lopez, Xavier told her he was trying to find his way home after being bullied at school.
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