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Missing student found shortly after leaving campus

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

School officials said a child walked away from campus earlier this week. The student's class was on there way back from an activity when he got separated from his classmates.

"It certainly is a scary situation because we want to always ensure to our parents that we have their children safe at all times, but we also recognize that we are dealing with students that sometimes the students are thinking the exact same thing that we're thinking and so sometimes they do make other decisions," said Florence City Schools Superintendent Janet Womack.

Just before 1 p.m. Monday, a second grader from Weeden Elementary walked away from the school.

School officials said the teacher noticed the student went missing and immediately notified the office, starting the school's protocol.

School officials called police and the school's SRO began searching the area. A driver located the boy about four blocks away from the school and called police.

Womack credits the district's relationship with the police department and the concerned citizen for helping to find the child.

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