Missing Girl, Found

At a high school today, an autistic, selective mute girl was missing for over two hours. Searches were conducted throughout the building.

At one point while I was talking to a teacher in a classroom, I heard shouting in the hallway outside. The girl’s mother had come to the school and was screaming hysterically for her daughter, where was her daughter, someone help her find her daughter. School administrators took her to the nurse’s room for comfort and support.

I am ashamed to write that I saw the woman and did not know what to do to help,  and so went back inside the classroom. It was so horrible. My heart is so heavy with thinking about the panic and horror of what the girl’s mom was going through. Recounting the story makes me want to cry. Incredibly, the teachers and students in the school were able to carry on despite the fear and despair, and I even managed to get some coaching in too.

While driving around,  searching the neighborhood, the AP found the girl walking the street nearby, safe and unharmed. Mother and daughter were reunited. Can you imagine the tears?

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