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7-year-old safe after walking away from CMS school

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials say they are reviewing security policies with staff after an incident Tuesday in which a young boy walked away from a school campus and was found by a motorist.

The child, a 7-year-old second-grader, walked off the campus of Blythe Elementary School, on Hambright Road near N.C. 115 in Huntersville.

He was spotted and picked up by a woman driving on Interstate 485, near the N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) interchange. The child apparently had walked nearly a mile. The motorist reunited the child, who was not hurt, with his family.

The school’s principal, Patricia Johanson, sent a message to parents Wednesday, saying the school has policies designed to prevent such an incident. She said administrators will meet with staff members to review those policies and increase security measures with students.

A spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said Blythe Elementary also has a “buddy” system, in which each student is paired with another student. The “buddy” is supposed to alert staff members when the other student does something that might be dangerous. School officials plan to review the “buddy” system with students in the wake of Tuesday’s incident.

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