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By Lee Hughes
Staff reporter 

Medical Lake elementary student decides schools out – it's time to go home


Last updated 11/27/2019 at 12:37pm

MEDICAL LAKE — A fifth grade special needs student at Hallett Elementary school had staff scrambling when he turned up missing after a lunch recess on Friday, Nov. 22.

The duty Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched when it was discovered the student was gone, and within a few minutes the young truant was intercepted and returned to school, according to district Superintendent Tim Ames.

Adding to the situation, the student, who has a history of hiding in the building during the school day, also had a substitute teacher that day.

Parents were contacted and a safety plan was created for the student to ensure it wouldn’t happen in the future, according to Ames.

The student “just wanted to go home early,” he said.

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