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KELLER -- After a tough day in the classroom, nothing beats a little afternoon freedom.

But five-year-old Anaya Bell didn't exactly experience a walk in the park on her first day of kindergarten.

She walked home alone more than a mile from Eagle Ridge Elementary, leading mom, Ariell, to question staff at the school.

On Tuesday, her daughter was supposed to be put on a bus to a nearby daycare after classes . Yet somehow, the five-year-old seemingly escaped staff attention and amazingly made it home on her own.

"There is nobody by the buses, so she just started walking with the kids," Ariell said.

"Things like that should never happen," the mom said. "She is five, and it's the third time she has been to that school?"

Keller ISD said in a statement, "The safety and security of all students in Keller ISD is a top priority....we are reviewing this matter and will immediately implement any necessary changes."

Ariell is just glad her baby girl knew the way home, and credited some family preparation in which they pointed out directions, just in case something ever happened.

"I knew because we were driving the same way," Anaya said.

"Yep, we drove the same way to school," mom echoed.


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