He had gone to pick up his twin special needs 5 year olds after school. When he got there however, only one came to the car despite paperwork that apparently said both of his boys are supposed to ride home.
It was like one of many parents worst nightmares all unfolding right before Ernest Hooten's eyes Friday (9/28). He didn't know where his child was.
He was all set with his car rider signs to pick up his two boys from Conway's Theodor Jones Elementary. Only one of them was there.
"I asked her 'where's my son?' She's like well he walked home," Hooten recounted the immediate conversation he had with the school principal.
Panic and fear started to set in, only to turn to anger when he said he found out the school let his boy walk away.
"That's my kid," Hooten said. "I got every reason to be mad because you let my child walk off from this campus."
A call came in that a student was found wandering around near baseball fields a few hundred yards away from the school, asking people how to get home. It was his son.
"Who's to say there's not a child molester an abductor or a freaking psychopath sitting over there watching these kids."
Hooten said his complaints fell on deaf ears at the school, so he took them to the Superintendents office. There he said he got more cold shoulders.
"Basically the same thing they said. Well it's not their fault. We're going to look into it though," Hooten repeated.
We tried to get in touch with school and district administration but they weren't available over the weekend.
Hooten said he's determined to get answers and hold someone accountable.
"They dropped the ball on this."
For the time being he said he's taking his children to another nearby school district where he claims he raised his 6 other children and never had a problem.