JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two small children are safe at home with their father after police say his ex-girlfriend snatched them out of their school.
Action News wants to know how school officials could allow children to be removed from school by a non-parent. We're talking about kids who are just 7 and 8 years old. Parents say they were forced to walk from their school to the library downtown in the pouring rain earlier this week. The woman told the kids they had to go with her because their father was in the hospital.
Tavaris and Monique Beaver are still pretty shaken up. Their kids were taken right out of school and were missing for six hours. "It was very scary," said Tavaris Beaver.
It all happened Monday at the Andrew Robinson Elementary School. The Beaver's are now separated, and Tarvaris was seeing Patricia Brock. He broke off the relationship, and that's when he say the threats started. "I got a call about 2:30 saying I'm not going to see my kids again," said Tavaris Beaver.
Police say Brock walked into the school and took Tavaris' oldest son right out of line in the hallway. Brock then went in a side door and grabbed his youngest daughter out of the classroom. According to the report, Brock refused to sign them out and wasn't on the list of approved people to pick the kids up. That's what has the Beaver's even more concerned. "I thought I should've been notified because she was not on the pick up list," said Tavaris Beaver. "Refused to sign the list? Something should've clicked that it's wrong," said Monique Beaver.
We asked the district how this could happen. A school spokesperson sent us a statement. "The safety of our students is our number one priority. Immediately following the incident we notified law enforcement officials and cooperated with authorities until the safe return of our students."
The Beaver's even take issue with that statement. "I ended up calling police," said Tavaris Beaver.
The police report shows police weren't called to the school until two hours after the kids were taken. The kids were eventually found inside the public library downtown. Their parents are just thankful they're ok. "Most children get abducted and don't make it back," said Monique Beaver.
We are told the school district is doing an investigation into why Brock was allowed to take the children in the first place. Brock faces 30 years in jail. The couples attorney, Dale Carson, wants to see the charge against Brock upped, to kidnapping. Right now, it's just holding a child against their will without consent.