Jordan Page, 8, sits outside his special education classroom Victory Elementary School on Oct. 10, 2013.
STOCKTON, CA - Jordan Page, 8, was sitting outside his special education classroom at Victory Elementary School. He was alone when his mother Tami Marsh came to pick him up from school.
"I was upset, furious," Marsh said.
Marsh said she got a call around noon Tuesday to pick up Jordan after he called his teacher an obscenity.
"I got here around 12:30. They called me at 12," Marsh explained. "So, he could have been out here for more than 30 minutes."
Jordan is in a special education classroom because he has mild autism and ADHD. Marsh said Jordan shouldn't be left alone outside, "even for a single minute." When she saw her son sitting by himself, Marsh was so shocked that she recorded it on her iPad.
Stockton Unified School District spokesperson Dianne Barth said Jordan wasn't alone; while he waited for his mom, three people - the principal, a teacher and an aide - took turns watching him outside. Barth said she didn't know how long Jordan was outside.
Marsh claims the teacher was inside, watching Jordan through the window.
"Outside. Alone. And special needs," Marsh said. "He's not supposed to be by himself."
Marsh said no one could really see Jordan because he was sitting underneath the windowsill. She said Jordan could have easily gotten up and walked out onto the street by himself.
Barth said Jordan "was not alone for any longer than a minute," in response to Marsh's claim.
After she arrived, Marsh tried to open the classroom door, but it was locked. She said she had to knock four times before someone would open the door.
According to Barth, the door automatically locks for the safety of all the students.
Marsh said she began recording the video on her iPad as soon as she arrived - before she tried to open the door, before she spoke to a teacher, before she got an explanation.
"I don't feel safe with him here," Marsh said.
Marsh explained she has seen other students with special needs outside the same class by themselves. And, she doesn't want to see it happen again.
"No child should be left alone, (a child) with special needs."
The school district said they needed more time to review the matter.
By Suzanne Phan, email@example.com