Flagstaff boy explains why he left schoolPosted: Updated:
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Brandon Shinko is staying home Tuesday after he just walked away alone from Kinsey Elementary School in Flagstaff on Monday because he says he had enough.
"People are bullying me," Brandon said. "Teachers are being mean to me."
The 11-year-old has autism. Brandon said his teacher took a reward away from him that he earned earlier in the day because he was misbehaving.
"Yeah, she snatched it," Brandon said.
Brandon then walked several miles to a movie theater and watched a movie. Police gave his mom surveillance pictures of him inside the theater.
"The first thought that came to my mind was, 'Oh my gosh, where is my child? Who is watching him? Where is he?'" Christina Shinko said.
Police got a tip where Brandon was and eventually found him. Shinko can't understand how her autistic son was able to leave school twice now without his teachers noticing.
"I'm really angry, really angry, frustrated that this could even happen," she said.
Officials with the Flagstaff Unified School District were not willing to speak with us about Brandon or what happened on Monday.
They did provide this statement:
As you have recognized, this is an incident that involved an individual child in a specific situation. Because of privacy concerns and requirements, we will make no comments about this specific incident. As those who attended the Community Safety meeting held last week are aware, FUSD has taken and will continue to make every effort to keep our students safe on campus. We are very appreciative of the efforts of our law enforcement agencies and other community members for their assistance in locating this child.
Flagstaff Unified School District
Shinko tells 3TV the district has notified her that her son will get an 80-minute counseling session and one-on-one attention as well as a new teacher.
Shinko is considering changing schools.
Brandon is suspended from school on Wednesday.
"The school needs to implement security to make sure all the kids at that school are safe," Shinko said.
Brandon's mother and district leaders are meeting to discuss Monday's events.
Shinko hopes they can come to some agreement on security changes at the school so she can keep her child there.