DRIPPING SPRING, Texas (KXAN) - A Dripping Springs mother is furious after she says repeated bullying caused her 11-year-old son to walk out of Dripping Springs Middle School midday Monday, unbeknownst to her or the school.
Christifer Hughes' six-mile odyssey home included a trek down busy U.S. 290 and the very rural FM 12. He was spotted by his mom as he neared their house.
Rachel Hughes says the school told her, "If the kids leave campus they have no way to know. They have no way to stop them.
"I said, 'what if he got stabbed or thrown in a dumpster? You don't monitor this?'"
"We don't have exterior security," principal Blake Hays said. "The security we have is to make sure people from the outside can't enter the building.
"The doors have push bars so students can get out in an emergency," he added. "In terms of locking students in the building,we don't do that for safety reasons."
The school told KXAN that class absence data is collated after the school day, and parents are notified by an automated system after dinner time.
As for bullying, the school tries to deal with that at the counselor level, not involving the administration if possible. Hughes had a meeting about her son's bullying at the school last week.
"He could have been dead. No one knew where he was," Hughes said. "They need to do something with security."
She says she has admonished Christifer, telling him not to do anything like this again, but to call her instead. He told her that his phone had died the day he left school and walked home.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
Freezing drizzle causing dangerous conditions on roadways overnight.