UPDATE (12:15pm): Nashaly Perez was found safe and sound at a friend’s house, and has been reunited with her family.

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Nashaly Perez, the 15-year-old Coney Island girl who went missing from her school on Monday, was a special needs student who was supposed to be under the constant supervision of a full-time paraprofessional.

Perez suffers from attention deficit disorder and behavioral problems, gets easily confused, and also takes anti-hallucinatory medication, according to reports. But despite being assigned a full-time paraprofessional, she managed to sneak out a back door of her school, P.S. 371 in Sunset Park, around lunchtime.

Now the family is saying the school failed to take the situation seriously until police were called.

DNAinfo reports:

[Perez’s mother Sandra] Rodriguez found out her daughter was missing when she went to pick up her up early from school at about 1 p.m. on Monday because she had a doctor’s appointment.

The mother said Nashaly’s paraprofessional was standing outside when she arrived at the school and seemed unconcerned and told her “your daughter left school.”

Rodriguez then went to the principal, who she said “seemed surprised” that her daughter was missing.

They then called Nashaly’s homeroom teacher who said she also did not know where the teen was.

Rodriguez said the principal’s staff then “kept working, ignoring her” and told her “they were done with her” and she could go home.

It wasn’t until police arrived that the school even bothered to page Perez over the school’s loudspeakers.

The school’s principal, Joan Antonelli, has been reassigned, the Wall Street Journal adds.

The case is already inviting comparisons to that of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, an autistic boy who sparked a citywide search when he vanished from his Queens school last year. He, too, was to have full-time supervision while on school grounds and police were not informed for more than an hour after his disappearance. His body was later found in the East River.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who took the helm of the system this year, promised parents that the matter would be fully investigated.

“Under my watch — I’m going to repeat this again — safety is my first concern. Anyone who doesn’t follow procedures will be judged for that purpose,” Fariña told reporters Wednesday evening. She said there was “no excuse” for the lack of supervision.

Perez was wearing a white bandanna, red blouse, black jeans and red and black sneakers at the time of her disappearance. She is 5’3″ tall and weighs 120lbs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

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  • Very annoyed parent

    She’s since been found. At a friends home. After she snuck out of school. However, still trying to figure out what exactly her ‘special’ needs are. She’s not disabled. She’s not autistic. What she is, however, is sucking up the resources that a truly disabled child could need. Perhaps her parent could use a minder as well.

    • Alex

      That’s what I was thinking.
      Sneaking out of school and then “getting lost” at her friend’s house. LOL
      That’s what I did back in high school days.
      Maybe the girl does have a disorder, I feel bad for her.

      Watch News 12 about this story.
      Her mother’s “boyfriend” (as he was labeled) must have been high or something while doing interview.

  • bagels

    The girl had a full time one on one praprofessional. ‘Id like to know if the principle called 911 when she was discovered as missing.

    • Nashalys Parents.

      No, the principal didn´t call the 911. It was Nashaly´s Mother who call 911 whom by the way responded very fast. The 911 dispatcher officer know´s who call then, remember, it is recorded. The evidence show an intention of delaying the information, hopping nobody will notice that the girl w special needs was missing and looks like everything happen after the last period so the school can act like that wasn´t their responsability. But Thank to a Fair and Just God, Nashaly´s Mother was in her way to the hospital for an surgery after care and decide to go to school first to pick up Nashaly earlier because otherwise nobody will be at home in the parking lot wating for Nashaly when the yellow school bus bring her at 4pm as ussual.

      • Arthur Borko

        Can someone translate this into something that makes any sort of sense?

        • Nashalys Parents.

          A última hora trágate un tolete. Salud