HARWICH (AP) — Parents in Harwich want to know how their first-grader left school last week and walked four miles home without anyone noticing he was missing for more than two hours.

The 6-year-old boy’s mother tells the Cape Cod Times her son got off his bus at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14, walked through the building and out the back door.

She says he walked through back yards and woods to comply with instructions to avoid busy streets and strangers.

The boy was found outside his home nearly 2 1/2 hours later by a school bus mechanic, 40 minutes after the search started.

His parents want to know why it took two hours for the school to notice their son was missing.

Superintendent Carolyn Cragin says attendance checks were delayed that day by a playground injury.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Watchdog1 says:

    Cragin deserves to sit with a dunce cap on outside the school for a few days. The whole staff messed up handling a bunch of 6 year-olds. They shoul’ve used common sense and aware that there always are things that happen on the first days of school. She should be the one that goes for a walk.

  2. sandra james says:

    So funny. This is a favorite story in our family because I did the same thing when I was in the first grade. The last day of school my mom let me out in front of the school and drove away. I went into the school but saw nobody. This spooked me and I walked all the way home. I waited until a dump truck passed (it sounded like a bus) and then walked into the house. My mom was none the wiser until I confessed when I was a teenager.

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