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The father said the plane episode has been “a heartache” for the family. “We didn’t know he’d got on a plane until my fiancée called the police … it came back that he was in Las Vegas,” he said.
The boy has been suspended several times at school, most recently since Sept. 21 for fighting, the father said. “He’s not an honor student; he has his ups, he has his downs,” he said, adding he met with the principal and “we put in a plan,” but the son’s misbehavior continued.
In an e-mail obtained Monday by the Star Tribune, the area director of the county’s Human Services and Public Health Department told administrators and County Board members that the boy is known to county staff as a “challenging” child. Since December 2012, the county has four times assessed the boy’s family for protective services.
The boy also has a history of riding light-rail trains to a Bloomington water park, where he “waits until a large family is entering and joins them,” the memo said. Of county interactions with the child, it said, “Typically, staff can tell if a child is lying, but with this child, they are unsure what is going on.”
Now, after the boy’s most dramatic wayward act, his father desperately pleaded for help for the son he hasn’t been able to speak to since last week.
“He’s a 9-year-old child,” he said. “I don’t want to see my son hurt.”
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