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Monroe Co. mom angry after young child leaves school, walks home

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PETERSTOWN (WVVA) - A Monroe County mother is expressing her anger after she says her 7-year-old son walked out of class and a mile home, without any action from the school.

Jen Maxwell says her son -- a student at Peterstown Elementary -- asked to go to the restroom, but instead of stopping there, he left the school and walked home.

Maxwell says bullying by a teacher prompted her son to leave.

Maxwell is angry that her child could leave the school grounds and walk down a highway without anyone at the school noticing.

"It terrifies me," she said. "He could have been hit by a car -- anything could have happened really."

WVVA News reached out to the principal of the school, who declined to comment.

Monroe County Schools Interim Superintendent Joetta S. Basile released a statement to WVVA News Friday that read:

"We are aware of the situation and are working on a plan to improve current procedures. All staff will be trained on the new procedures."

Maxwell has pulled her son from school and says he won't return until she feels the situation has been resolved.

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