A 10-year-old boy who left school without permission was found safe Monday afternoon.

The special needs student left Paddock Lane Elementary School in north Beatrice at around 2:45 p.m. He was found much farther south, and is believed to have traveled nearly to the Big Blue River, according to police.

“He likes to wander off and he was at school, walked out of the school, got on a bike and rode it down as far south as almost to Dempsters,” Police Lt. Mike Oliver said. “He ditched the bike and jumped on the back of a farm trailer and either fell or jumped off of that.”

The student was found in downtown Beatrice with minor scrapes and bruises.

Oliver said there was an added sense of urgency in the search because police didn’t know if the student was wearing a coat, and a cold front had moved in.

Oliver added the school is looking into new steps to prevent further incidents.

“I think there’s going to be some different measures put in place,” he said. “We’re going to work with the school resource officer and administration to come up with a better plan for this young man.”

Reach Scott Koperski at scott.koperski@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKoperski.

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