Redford’s mother demands answers from the school district after her 8-year-old son with autism came home from school alone


REDFORD, Mich. – A Redford mom is demanding answers from the school district tonight after her eight-year-old son with autism walks away from school and walks home. Not only that, he didn’t have his coat or backpack on in sub-zero temperatures.

Her mother says it’s about a 15-minute walk that crosses three main roads.

When Christi Greenwalt came home on Tuesday (February 15) before picking up her son from school, she noticed something strange. Her 8-year-old son was already home.

“He had walked home on his own, through three main roads,” Christi Greenwalt said.

Liam is autistic and has an assistant assigned to him for the entire school day. On Tuesday, his mother said the normal assistant was out and had another one. Christi Greenwalt went to Beech Elementary for answers.

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“They said, ‘How long have they been looking for him?'” Christi Greenwalt said. “I told them about 20 minutes. I had no phone calls. “You’ve been looking for my son for 20 minutes and I haven’t had a phone call?” It was about 45 minutes after her principal said she saw him at the lunch table.

Christi Greenwalt says not only should they have called her when Liam disappeared, but they should have also called the police.

“I’m very proud and grateful that he remembered how to get home,” said Christi Greenwalt. “That’s the only positive thing to come out of this situation. But, anything could have happened. He could have been hit by a car or caused a car accident, other people could have been injured or someone could have could recover it.

Christi Greenwalt said she called the police, and they told her they had received calls about a boy walking alone. Officers who answered the call said they could not find him.

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