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Timeline of January 14 incident

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Below is a time line of events that occurred on January 14, 2014.

This timeline is based on numerous conversations with the Village of Liberty Police officers who were on site or involved in the search, as well as Liberty Elementary teachers, staff and administrators.

The first timeline gives basic dismissal information, the second is specific to the incident.

This information is being shared so that our community has a better understanding of how the events of January 14th unfolded, from the perspective of those who were involved at Liberty Elementary School. We regret the distress caused to the student and family.

Basic Dismissal Information:
2:33 p.m.: Students who WALK to and from school are dismissed; escorted to area where walkers depart
2:35 p.m.: Students who RIDE A BUS to and from school are dismissed; escorted to buses. Teachers begin at first bus, move through line until all students have boarded.
2:45 p.m. (Ideally): Buses depart from Liberty Elementary School.

Timeline of the incident that occurred on January 14:
NOTE: the Village of Liberty Police Department radio logs differ from cell phone records of LCSD staff and the LPD, therefore cell phone records were considered more accurate and were used to determine the timeline below.

2:33 p.m.: Walkers (students who walk to and from school) depart classroom with escort; taken to walker/pick-up departure area. Video shows that child is NOT on the walker line.
2:35 p.m.: Teacher escorts remaining students from classroom to the buses. Video shows that child IS on the bus line.
BETWEEN 2:35 – 2:40 p.m.: Student slips out of line, heads to area where walkers assemble. Teacher assigned to the walker/student pick-up area asks student who she is and why she was there. Student tells teacher she is being picked up by her mother. Teacher tells her to wait with the other students who are being picked up.
ESTIMATED THAT BETWEEN APPROXIMATELY 2:40-2:45 p.m.: Student slips away with other walkers.
Between 2:40- 2:45 p.m.: Teacher realizes student is gone; begins to search buses.
By 2:45 p.m.: Teacher alerted Principal Scott Brown who put out an “ALL CALL,” or loudspeaker announcement paging the student to the office; alerts School Resource Officer Devin Brust.
2:45-2:55 p.m.: School is searched by multiple staff members; by Assistant Principal Dan Brown begins to review video of areas where child would have travelled within the building.
2:55 p.m.: Principal Scott Brown calls parents*** no answer at 2:55 and 2:56 p.m.
2:59 p.m.: Officer Devin Brust alerts police dispatcher; missing child call goes out to all departments.
3:01 and 3:02 p.m.: Officer Devin Brust attempts to call parents, reaches them on second attempt.

Around this time call came into the LPD dispatcher of a child walking alone near the entrance ramp to Eastbound NYS Rte. 17, 1.3 miles from Liberty Elementary School (exact time not known). Sergeant Mark Hess, searching by car, arrives at location. Two cars/four adults were waiting with the child. Sergeant Hess asked the child her name and where she were going. Sergeant Hess was told by child that she normally takes the bus, and today was her first day walking; said “Today I’m a walker.”

3:12 p.m.: Sergeant Hess radios dispatch that he has the child; returns to Liberty Elementary School where parents are waiting.

***revised 1/19/14



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