A 5-year-old boy was pulled out of school by child protection services in St. Paul — only there’s one problem, it was the wrong child. A combination of similar names with mistakes made by adults caused it to happen, confusing a young boy and leaving his mother with an experience she’ll never forget.
According to St. Paul Public Schools, child protective services showed up at Frost Lake Elementary on Jan. 8 to pick up a child named Avante, but they left with the wrong one. Avante Washington found himself answering a different sort of questions where even the right answer was wrong.
“They had him pack up all of his stuff from school and go to another school to pick up an older boy and the older boy in the car said that’s not my brother,” Avante’s mom Rebecca Williams said.