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CHICAGO (CBS) — School administrators in Schererville, Ind., are investigating how a 5th grade student was able to walk out of school in the middle of the day, undetected, out of fear over bullying by other students.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the Northwest Indiana Times says the 10-year-old girl walked out of Grimmer Middle School around 1 p.m. this past Friday, and was found by a bus driver around two hours later in Dyer, Ind.
It was not clear whether the school ever noticed the girl was gone, nor whether her family was notified, the newspaper reported.
The girl’s mother, Alexandra Becich, told the Times her daughter walked out of school between classes because she was being bullied by several fellow fifth-graders, and one of them had threatened to punch her in the face.
The girl was so upset that she had left the school without her backpack – which had her keys and cell phone inside, her mother told the Times. The girl tried to go home, but when her mother was not home, she instead walked to her father and grandmother’s home in Dyer, the newspaper reported.
For the last week of the school year this week, the girl’s parents pulled her out of Grimmer and home-schooled her, the Times reported.