DS1 is going into 9th grade at the local HS. The form to choose classes was due a couple weeks ago when he was at his dad's house (also in our neighborhood) so he walked up to drop off the form in the school office. While there, he met a a man who said he was a substitute math teacher, and offered him a ride home. DS1 saw he was wearing some sort of badge/name tag, assumed he was legit, and accepted.
When I finally heard about it, I was so upset I was shaking. Granted, DS1 is a big guy - 6' and probably 175 lbs. Still, getting into a car with someone who you don't know is absolutely not OK in my book. DS thinks he can handle himself, and while he is strong, he is also a naive kid who would easily be in trouble if the man had a weapon, or a number of other situations. (We had a long talk about this.)
At the same time, I'm really pissed at this teacher. Why would he offer a ride home to a kid he didn't know? It's not like it was 20 degrees below zero or anything, and no parents were called. IMO it's a horrible judgement call for an adult. I wouldn't even take my kids' friends home without their parents knowledge. He didn't talk to DS' SM when he dropped him off either.
I want to call the school and raise hell tomorrow, but have been told I might be overreacting. WDYT?