ATLANTA – Police are hunting for a man who put a gun to an 8-year-old’s head during recess on her school playground.
A third-grader at Deerwood Academy, Bailey, said to Channel 2’s Tom Jones that kidnapper grabbed her Monday afternoon with her classmates present.
When telling what she was doing at the time she was approached, she told, “I was on the slide.”
Bailey told that the stranger started choking her seconds before a gun fell out of his pocket.
She told, “And then he picked it up and pointed it to my face and it touched my nose.”
Bailey also said that the man attempted to get her to go with him. Luckily, a teacher blew the whistle signaling recess was finished. That terrified her intruder away.
Bailey’s mother, Shayna, was a nervous wreck when she found out what happened. Then, she became angry.
“Just the fact that a stranger could come off the street and grab your child and instantly be gone,” Shayna said. “Nobody was watching the children at all.”
Bailey’s mother also wonders why there is no fence around the playground, saying it makes no sense to have an unsecured playground in front of a school.
“If you knew you couldn’t get a fence, nobody’s playing on this playground — at all,” she said.
Bailey’s uncle, Michael, said the school took Bailey back to class after the incident. He said there was a significant delay locking the school down and calling school police.
“It’s a gun at an elementary school,” he said. The child’s family said the district’s response was not an adequate one.
Bailey can’t get what happened out of her mind. “I don’t feel safe going back to school,” she said.
Atlanta police say they weren’t notified until almost six hours after the incident.
The department said it could have immediately launched a search for the suspect and protect children in the area.