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School district says students are secure after boy left school

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A 12-year-old boy walked out of Longfellow Elementary in Iowa City, police found him safe, but questions were raised as to the responsibilities schools have when it comes these situations.

How can a child just walk out of school?

Administrators with the Iowa City Community School District tell us the young boy has a history of this type of activity, and while providing a safe and secure environment for students is their number one priority, this one just slipped through the cracks.

“Students that have a predisposition of doing this, we try to keep a close eye on those kids, so we make sure situations don’t present themselves where they can take advantage of the district,” said superintendent Stephen Murley.

Murley says although there are no resource officers or school staff watching individual doors at all times, students are supervised while in school.

“When they're in the classroom obviously we have a teacher and support staff in there,” said Murley. “During passing time or they're in common area like a gymnasium, cafeteria or library, we have additional staff in there during those times.”

Jason Eness-Potter is a parent, and hearing about a 12-year old boy walking out school hits home.

His young daughter attends the school, and even after hearing about this situation he feels his daughter's safe

“I'd be terrified if it was my kid, I'm glad it wasn't, I'm glad the kid's OK,” said Eness-Potter. “I think Longfellow is a solid school, they've demonstrated to me that they've go her best interest at heart.”

He says no one is going to be able to safeguard against every threat or situation.

However, another parent said she was outraged and something like this just should not happen.

Superintendent  Murley says providing a safe and secure environment for all students in the district is one of the most important things for the staff.

“I think out staff did a wonderful job at responding to a deliberate act of a student and insuring that that student returned safely to the school,” said Murley.

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