THE BRONX - A 12-year-old boy with autism has been found after walking out of his school this morning.
The boy, who is described as "autistic but high-functioning" by police and the Department of Education, walked out of P.S. 188 on Cauldwell Avenue at around 10:30 a.m. Monday and was later found in Times Square in Manhattan.
Police were on the scene within minutes of the report of the boy's disappearance. They were patrolling by foot and by air. Local residents also joined the efforts.
Police say the 12-year-old boy made it safely from the Bronx to Times Square, where police officers for the truancy program found him.
Many parents told News 12 The Bronx that they want to see more security in schools. In the wake of the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo, a child with autism who ran out of school on Oct. 4 and has not yet been found, the Department of Education said it was going to step up security.