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6-year-old wanders away from school

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FORT WORTH, Texas -

A Fort Worth boy was able to slip out of school and was later found near railroad tracks Thursday afternoon. Now his mother is trying to find out how it happened.

No one is really sure how long 6-year-old Xavian Hernandez was out on his own after leaving Sycamore Elementary School in the Crowley Independent School District. It is estimated that he could have been away for almost two hours.

He said he left because he needed to use the bathroom. He waited for his teacher to turn her back and then he walked out of the door. He didn't want to get in trouble afterward so he just left school and was trying to make his way to his grandfather's house.

His trek took him more than a mile away across a busy intersection at Crowley Road and along Altamesa Boulevard, which is a six-lane divided road where the speed limit is 50 miles per hour.

A neighbor spotted Xavian with a Fort Worth police officer and called his mother. She called the school, but no one there knew he was missing.

"When I drop my kid off at school in the morning I expect them to take care of him just as I would at home, you know, watch over him and make sure everything is okay. That's their job as teachers and they neglected to do that," said Angela Hernandez.

A spokesperson for the school district said the school is investigating how the student was able to leave school and all parties will be held accountable.

"We are now reevaluating the safety and security measures in place at every school," the district said.

It called the lapse in security inexcusable.

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