5-year-old boy with autism leaves classroom, found wandering alone on subway platform

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CHELSEA, Manhattan — A young boy with autism who wandered out of his classroom in Manhattan was found alone on a subway station platform Thursday afternoon, police said.

Now, his mom Mildred Deckard is demanding answers.

Police say 5-year-old Synciere Deckard left P.S. 11 on West 21st street and walked nearly three blocks to the 23rd Street Station at Eighth Avenue shortly before 12:30 p.m.

A good Samaritan found the boy and called 911, who then contacted the school.

“I just thank God that he’s alright,” his mother said. “I’m grateful to that person, whoever it was that helped.”

Deckard called on school officials Friday afternoon to explain how her son was able to leave undetected. According to his mother, Synciere has an assigned paraprofessional that is supposed to monitor him throughout the day.

A Department of Education Spokeswoman told PIX11 News, “this serious incident was immediately reported to NYPD, and the student was swiftly and safely found. We’ve suspended a substitute paraprofessional without pay pending the outcome of an investigation, and will take any additional follow-up action necessary while continuing to provide support to the school.”

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