On Tuesday, a nonverbal autistic 11-year-old boy, who had gone missing in Brooklyn after opening an emergency exit door at Coy L. Cox School P.S. K369, was safely located on Long Island, according to the NYPD.
The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m., and the boy was found unharmed in Malverne later in the day.
The police chief in Malverne disclosed that a woman spotted the child near the corner of Hempstead and Ocean Avenues at approximately 2:50 p.m.
Assuming he was from a local school, she took him to a nearby school in West Hempstead, from where he was subsequently transported to a children’s hospital.
Collaborating with Nassau County police, the NYPD is actively investigating the case, including the possibility that the boy might have taken the Long Island Rail Road.
A spokesperson for the New York City Department of Education emphasized their commitment to student safety, particularly for those with disabilities.
Alarms on doors and school safety agents at entrances are in place to prevent such incidents.
The school promptly responded to the emergency exit breach and is closely coordinating with the NYPD and the student’s family to ensure his secure return home.