Nicholas Miles, 16, was adopted from Ethiopia almost five years ago. His adoptive parents are furious that Bartlett’s 9th Grade Academy knew he was an at risk kid, but didn’t contact them until Tuesday, almost 24 hours after he walked off their campus.
Michael Miles, Nicholas Father, says he received a call from the Academy’s principal around 1:45 this afternoon. He wants to know why it took more than a day after his son walked out of the school doors for administrators to contact him.
“When my wife arrived to pick them up from school, only our one son was here,” Miles told Local 24’s Annette Peagler.
The Miles family is worried sick. They have six adopted children, including Nicholas. Bartlett Police say surveillance video shows Miles walking out of Bartlett 9th Grade Academy at 9:58 a.m. Monday morning.
“We did not discover he was gone until about 3:00 o’clock, the school did not call and alert us. They did not send any messages. From our understanding he was marked absent from at least two of his classes,” Miles explained.
Bartlett City School District says it is aware of the situation and the district released this statement –
“Bartlett City Schools is aware of the situation and is actively partnering with local law enforcement to locate the student in question. School administration has been in touch with the parents and local law enforcement since yesterday afternoon. All school and district procedures were followed. As always, the safety, security, and well-being of all our students is of the upmost importance. We encourage anyone who may have knowledge about this child’s whereabouts to contact the Bartlett Police Department.”
In the school’s handbook it states all students absences are verified and staff will maintains visual supervision of students assigned to them at all times including classrooms and the hallways.
“Had they called us yesterday anytime after the fact he had gone missing we could have started this process a lot earlier,” Miles said.
This is not the first time Nicholas Miles has run away he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress and his father says he was suicidal.
“The school had noticed there was problems with this child they were aware he posed a risk to himself. So the circumstances should have been reported immediately,” said Murray Wells, Miles’ attorney.
Miles was last see. Wearing red pants, red sneakers, an orange and white zip up hoodie. He has a branding in the shape of a cross on his right arm. If you know anything, call Bartlett Police.