First-grader safe after wandering from school without teachers noticing

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ST. CLAIR, MO — Six-year old Lilli Palmature is safe and sound after walking away from St. Clair Elementary School without staffers noticing.

Palmature walked about four-tenths of a mile from her school, crossing a set of train tracks, and navigating a street construction zone before an adult spotted her on the corner of N. Main Street and St. Clair Plaza Drive, Fox 2 reported Friday.

The young girl’s parents are thankful their daughter is safe but expressed concern about the teachers failing to realize the child was missing.

“My daughter left her teacher’s classroom to go to another classroom down the hall and no one ever… Neither teacher ever realized that she was gone for an hour,” said Joy Palmature, Lilli’s mother.

St. Clair R-13 District Superintendent Michael Murphy assured the public that he is doing everything he can to ensure a situation like this doesn’t happen again.

“In reviewing our practices and procedures, our principal is conducting an investigation,” Murphy said. “We’ve conducted an internal as well as an external investigation.”

An outside investigation is being conducted by the Missouri Division of Family Services and for now, Palmature has reportedly been moved to a different class and will be supervised when changing classrooms.


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