Unbelievably stupid and beyond creepy. If your school or system has a similar policy, I suggest you work to get it changed immediately.
The Washington (DC) Examiner reports:
An elementary school student who said she was molested by a male visitor had been told by Ketcham Elementary School employees to escort the man through the building, according to police.
A spokeswoman for D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told The Washington Examiner that DCPS does permit schools to use students as escorts “based on the schools’ need” but is now reviewing that policy.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said on WTOP-FM’s “Ask the Chief” program that a black man in his late 20s entered the Southeast D.C. school Wednesday afternoon and asked to speak to someone. The girl was assigned to escort the man through the building, where he inappropriately touched her. Police are searching for the man, and the investigation is ongoing.
School officials in Fairfax, Montgomery and Arlington counties said they do not allow elementary students to chaperone visitors through school hallways. Other neighboring districts did not respond to requests for comment.
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown said he was “greatly concerned” by the incident.
“By no means would I want my daughter giving any adult a tour to an absolute stranger,” Brown told The Examiner.
District parents said they were horrified by the incident — particularly how the elementary school student was allowed alone with a stranger. And the reverberations were felt far beyond Ketcham.