Mother: Autistic son wandered from school, no one called for hours

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A mother said her 8-year-old autistic son got locked out of Crump Elementary for hours, and no one called her about the problem until he was found.

Aundrea Williams said a teacher didn’t check to make sure her son made it back from music class in a portable classroom to the main building.

Instead, Williams said her son had to knock on the school door, before knocking on other people’s doors in the heat Thursday.

Williams said a Memphis police officer stepped in after spotting the boy walking alone blocks away from the school.

Williams said her son’s homeroom teacher called her when the officer brought her son back to the school, but at that point, it was about two hours after he disappeared.

“If anyone is going to send their child to a school, and they feel secure in their heart and their mind that their child is safe, I was shown otherwise,” Williams said.

Williams said she has spoken with the principal, but each time she asks why she was not notified, he reportedly dodges it.

“I’m focused, because this has to do with my autistic son, and I need to tell you to tell me why didn’t you call me during the two hours you knew my son was missing from that school,” Williams said.

Shelby County Schools issued the following statement:

“We know that on Thursday, a student was found outside the school during class hours. This happened shortly after class transition when students were moving between the portable classrooms and the main building. The parent was contacted when the student was brought back into the school.”

Williams said she has filed a neglect complaint against the school.

She said she is trying to move, so that her sons can attend a different school.


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