- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida school officials are apologizing to the parents of a student with autism after she went missing from school.

Shelby Hahn, 11, wandered through an unlocked gate at Lakeshore Middle apparently during a P.E. class. Police found her a few miles away from the school. Her parents said she walked into a hair salon as she roamed the city streets.

Her mother said the little girl, who has the mentality of a 5 or 6-year-old, was placed in handcuffs when officers found her. She said the officers didn’t know she was a missing special needs student.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti apologized in an email and said an investigation is ongoing.

The Florida Times-Union (https://tinyurl.com/p9ps3ey) reports Monday the district offered to assign a paraprofessional aide to help Shelby. Her parents say they are still deciding whether or not to send her back to the school.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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