Monday 1 May 2017

Wandering boy, 5, sparks lockdown

A five-year-old kindergarten pupil sparked a school lock-down in the US after staying in the wrong classroom
A five-year-old kindergarten pupil sparked a school lock-down in the US after staying in the wrong classroom

A five-year-old kindergarten pupil in Vancouver, Washington, who wandered into the wrong classroom set off a school lock-down before he was located on Monday.

Vancouver police said Braiden Gonzalez arrived at Walnut Grove Elementary on the school bus as usual. The problem started when he played outside with some first-graders and then followed them into their classroom.

Braiden's mother realised he was missing when she arrived to pick him up from his half-day of kindergarten which sparked the alert. Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman Kris Stork said the boy sat at the desk of a new student in the first grade classroom - and responded to the teacher as if he was that student. District officials said the boy also didn't respond when his name was called on the intercom system.

Braiden was found later after his photo was circulated among school staff.

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