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Missing kindergartner found in 1st grade

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 21, 2009 at 11:26 a.m.

— A 5-year-old Van Buren kindergarten student who disappeared on the first day of classes was found safe in a first-grade classroom.

Police say Dakota Collins made a friend on the playground at Parkview Elementary School and followed the friend into class. Lt. Stephen Staggs says the boy put on the name tag of a boy who was absent and the teacher didn't realize who he was.

Collins' kindergarten teacher noticed him missing during roll call. Other teachers had seen him both during breakfast and on the playground.

As police went from classroom to classroom showing the boy's photo, the first-grade teacher said she had a boy in class who looked just like the boy in the picture.

Staggs says the boy started crying and said he just wanted to be in class with his friend.

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dabaker says... August 21, 2009 at 12:44 p.m.

seriously? is this news?

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CruiserTwelve says... August 21, 2009 at 5:55 p.m.

shoot the kid. Gonna be nothin but trouble the rest of his life

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HB_Teacher says... August 21, 2009 at 10:12 p.m.

An op ed piece about an excited kindergartner who found a friend on the first day of school is worth observing. It speaks volumes about this kid's budding social skills. Not too many adults have the ability recognize true kindness in others, enough to lose track of time and develop a human connection. He could have bullied other children in his kindergarten classroom, but instead he made a friend. Wandering the wrong classroom is a mistake any child could make.

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M_King says... August 24, 2009 at 9:39 p.m.

The news is that although he obviously could perform on a first grade level without arousing the teacher's suspicions, the educational establishment insists on holding him back based on his age. Blatant age discrimination. I say, if he can do the first grade work, let him stay. Meritocracy forever.

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