Kent police responded to Theodore Roosevelt High School Tuesday afternoon after a parent called to report a missing child. School was dismissed five minutes early to assist police in the search, according to school officials.
While the specific nature of the call is not clear, Superintendent Joesph Giancola said a parent asked police to help find his or her child shortly before the end of the school day. Police then contacted the school and a decision was made to release students to the buses early so police could search the building, Giancola said.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m., Giancola said police had found the student not far from the school during a traffic stop.
Giancola issued this automated message to parents via telephone around the same time:
"Today at Roosevelt, we ended the day with Kent police assistance regarding the whereabouts of a student. The student left campus, and police were assisting the parents with finding him. Because of the initial concern by police, we dismissed all Roosevelt student five minutes earlier to help the police search. The student is now in safe hands with Kent police after a traffic pullover. All afternoon and evening activities are resumed as scheduled."
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