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Mom angry her 5-year-old ran away from school

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A Medical Lake mother is upset that her 5-year-old son was able to run away from his neighboring elementary school, all the way home, before his teacher noticed he was gone. A Medical Lake mother is upset that her 5-year-old son was able to run away from his neighboring elementary school, all the way home, before his teacher noticed he was gone.
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -

A Medical Lake mother is upset that her 5-year-old son was able to run away from his neighboring elementary school, all the way home, before his teacher noticed he was gone.

Amy Mount says her son Jonas is autistic, though he is not in any special education classes. Jonas was in timeout Tuesday when he decided to make a run from Hallett Elementary. He escaped through a side entrance, and made it two blocks home where his mother was waiting.

“I freaked out,” she said.

Her concern, she says, was that he was able to escape without the teacher seeing it. She says she’s asked for a 1-on-1 class aid for her son, given his issues focusing, but the school denied her request.

“This is wrong,” she said. “Anything could have happened.”

The Medical Lake School District says they’ve apologized for the incident. They also say the teacher did quickly realize what had happened, but within a couple minutes Mount walked into the school with her son.

“Safety is our number one priority,” Superintendent Tim Ames said. He assured the family this is a rare incident.

The principal at Hallett implemented several changes one day after the incident to ensure better security around the school.

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