Mother upset after autistic son walks home from school

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OKAWVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- More student transportation confusion occurred in Okawville, Illinois.

A parent is upset with the school, after her 8-year-old son with autism walked home by himself when he was not supposed to.

Tara Snyder says when she arrived to pick up her two sons from Okawville Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, her 8-year-old son Braden wasn't there.

Tara spent the next 20 minutes searching for her son, who she says has been diagnosed with autism.

Her son Braden made his way on foot a half-mile to his front yard, where police and Tara found him.

Tara said her meeting with school officials the next morning did not make her feel much better.

Tara says she walked her son’s home the day before when they were supposed to be picked up, which cause more confusion with the school.

The elementary school principle told FOX 2 off camera that the matter had been discussed and closed with all parties feeling satisfied.

Tara Snyder says not exactly.

FOX 2 reached out to the Okawville school superintendent, and he said that the matter had been resolved with the parents, and the school had no comment.


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