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Autistic child suspended for running out of classroom

A mother in Killeen wants answers from her sons elementary school after her autistic child was suspended.

Pamela Jackson got a phone call Friday afternoon to immediately come pick up her son from school, and they didn't tell her why.

Jackson rushed to the campus and found 5-year-old Kendrick Butler along with the principal, assistant principal and a Killeen ISD police officer standing at the back of the building.

Upon arriving, the principal told her Kendrick ran from the classroom and got as far as Teal St., a few blocks away. In addition, he was almost hit by a car. His punishment was a three day suspension. 

When she reached out to the director of student services the next week, the response she got was alarming. 

"Kendrick had been gone away from the school for 35 minutes," Jackson said. "The whole time they where in pursuit of him and had him in contact. A few teachers even got in their cars."

Jackson doesn't know why her son was able to escape the classroom and why it took them so long to catch him. What's more, why he was being suspended for three days. 

News Channel 25 reached out to Killeen ISD for comment and they responded with a statement.

"The safety and security of students and staff of Killeen ISD is of the utmost importance. The incident regarding a student at Cedar Valley Elementary school is being investigated by campus and district staff"

Jackson filed a formal complaint against the school with the board of trustees. A response could take as long as 10 days. 





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