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UPDATE: Elementary students caught after walking away from school

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Two Richmond County students are back home, safe with their families, after school officials say they ran away from Glenn Hills Elementary.

"They were leaving the area going to their designated areas in the morning, to start school," said Superintendent Frank Roberson. "They went in the wrong direction, leaving the campus, obviously."

Roberson says the fourth and fifth graders, who he did not name, were spotted leaving by Board of Education Public Safety officers. It took more than four hours to retrieve the students. Officials say they used a forest behind the school as a hiding place at one point.

Parents of the children's classmates say they are now concerned about their own young ones.

"Wow, that's actually crazy that really happened," said Jennifer Randall. "So you know I think they need to enforce some sort of policy to prevent them from being able to skip school or just walk off campus."

Roberson says the school system did follow proper policy in this instance, but will look into how they can improve in the future.

"Unfortunately, they violated school rules and punishment has to be issued," he said. "But we celebrate the fact that the students were returned safely."

The Superintendent says safety is his number one concern, and he's glad this story has a happy ending.

Original Story:

Two students are in trouble this afternoon after walking away from Glenn Hills Elementary School Monday.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson tells FOX54, the 4th and 5th grader were found in a wooded area not too far from the school after sneaking off of campus. Dr. Roberson says the two were seen by a school safety officer.

The student's parents were called immediately after the two were noticed missing. Dr. Roberson says the actions are being evaluated and the students will be punished for their actions. No word yet on what their punishment will be.

FOX54 will have more on this story right here at wfxg.com and tonight on FOX54 News at 10pm.

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