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Janet O, Reporter

Two Women Accused of Kidnapping First Grader

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Drake was met by Clark County School District Police. Drake was met by Clark County School District Police.
Elaine Clermont says Drake was only trying to do the right thing and point out there is a problem with school security. Elaine Clermont says Drake was only trying to do the right thing and point out there is a problem with school security.

Two women are under arrest for kidnapping after police say they tried to prove a point about an elementary school's security.

Laurinda Drake's son goes to Jo Mackey Elementary. She says after she dropped off her son for school, she noticed a young boy walking away from the school. She picked him up and says he didn't know where he lived and he didn't want to go back to school. So she took him to the Clark County School District office.

But police recount a much different tale.

Officers say Drake picked up the boy and drove him around to several different locations, including a Wal-Mart. She then took the boy to a friend's house, 40-year-old Elaine Clermont, where police say they arranged local media outlets to meet them at the Clark County Board of Trustees building where they would turn the boy over to the School District.

When Drake and Clermont arrived at the school building, they were met by Clark County School District Police. Officers say they tried asking Drake questions, but she was uncooperative. She was then cuffed and taken into a private room.

After hours of speaking with her, school officers determined Drake actually kidnapped the first grader.

Clermont says Drake was only trying to do the right thing and point out there is a problem with school security. Clermont claims this is not the first time kids have walked off school property at Jo Mackey, and that's why they went to the district office.

"Last year I was walking up to campus to pick up my daughter from school, I saw a kindergartener walking out the front gates. I said, ‘Where you going young man?'" she said.

Apparently, the first grader felt sick and was trying to go home after eating breakfast at school. Why no one at the school saw him leave is still an unanswered question.

But school police say they have a strict policy for handling this type of situation. "There would be no school that would release a first grader on his own if he were ill or anything like that. That wouldn't happen. Parents would be contacted," said CCSD Lt. Ken Young.

Young says this was an isolated incident. School officials are investigating how this happened. No one at Jo Mackey was able to comment on the case. The first grader has since been reunited with his mom.

Drake and Clermont were arrested for first degree kidnapping and were booked into the North Las Vegas Jail.  

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