According to an incident report, Joseph Fuller arrived at Edisto Primary School on May 19 just as a group of students was leaving. He saw a kid in that group whom he thought was his grandson. Turns out it wasn't. Hey, honest mistake. You know how hard it can be to tell children apart—they rarely stand still and they're usually all covered with the same fruit juice stains.
Fuller went up to the boy and gave him a hug. He told the little boy that he was there to pick him up early and asked if he was ready to go. The kid, who apparently also thought this was his grandpa (or else was just ready to skip school) said yes. A teacher's assistant asked the boy, "Is this your granddad?" and the kid said yes.
Look, little kids are kind of dumb. And you know how hard it can be to tell old people apart—they're soft and they've got all those wrinkles and they're all wearing the same velour tracksuit from 1993. And they're covered in juice stains.
Fuller and his not-grandson then went to office to sign the boy out. The grandfather was on the list of people approved to pick up the child. Just not this grandfather.
Off they went to the car, where the grandmother, sitting in the passenger seat, handed the kid a Happy Meal without turning around. The kid probably said "yes" again, although maybe not out loud this time, because hooray, Happy Meal!
Upon returning home, the grandmother finally looked at the child they had taken out of school in their vehicle. She then made the astute observation that this was actually not their grandson. Since they had a perfectly good grandson of their own, they decided to return this one to the school in exchange for the one they knew and loved. But how exactly did grandma solve the riddle of "is this my biological grandchild?"
Fuller said, "He had a tooth missing in the front, and I know my grandson did not have a tooth missing in the front. Immediately, I brought him back to school, and I am very sorry."
The mother of the not-grandson was notified, and she was "concerned, but relieved" that the situation was "corrected." She said that Fuller did resemble her own father and she could see how her son might have gotten them confused. See, no harm, no foul. He brought the dang kid back!
But the not-grandson's dad, Darrin Pressley, was less happy about the situation (so picky!) and blamed the school for the error. According to the report, Pressley said, "If they didn't bring him back my son could've been gone. It's gross negligence on the school's part. My thing is, you know, have a prevention so this could never happen again."
So now, because of this one little incident, the whole school district has to revamp the entire checkout process for students. What a hassle! Now a student has to "verbally identify the person picking them up," and the front desk has to "double check the student's pick up list for that name." So much extra "work" just to make "sure" the right kid goes home to the "right" family.