First grader missing after taken from school - FOX 32 News Chicago

First grader missing after taken from school

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Chicago police are looking for a first grader who might be in real danger. His mom, who does not have custody, took him from school and he hasn't been seen since.

"I am very upset, yeah," the child's father said. "They just let somebody walk into the classroom get a child out of the classroom. Aren't there procedures to get a child out early dismissal or something like that?"

Johnnie Pryor walked safely into his first grade class at Helen Hefferan Thursday morning. He walked out in the hands of danger. His mom, Elonora Williams, walked into the classroom, talked with the teacher, and took him away.

"I asked her, I said, 'how did you know this was even his mother? You didn't ask nobody.' She said, ‘I don't know half the parents here,'" relative Veardena Pryor explained to Fox Chicago.

His father says that the school didn't even realize Johnnie was in danger until he heard from a friend who saw Elonora take off with Johnnie down the street.

"The principal said she knew they dropped the ball," said the boy's grandmother, Renee Wells.

Elonora's custody rights were terminated over a year ago and his dad has sole custody. He says the mother is dangerous.

"She was abusing the kids. Cutting on ‘em with knives. Giving ‘em black eyes. DCFS went in and took the kids from her," Johnnie's father explained.

The family is frustrated. They filled out the paperwork and did everything right, and Elonora was still able to walk out with Johnnie.

Obviously, most parents would be concerned to hear that a dangerous person was able to take a kid from school without authorization.

Fox Chicago news called Chicago Public Schools and they said:

"We are working with the Chicago police department to ensure the safe return of the student. There are protocols in place, especially in cases where a court order is involved, that must be followed whenever an adult comes to pick up a student. We are currently investigating the situation to determine whether all steps were followed properly by the school leaders and staff."

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