BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A real scare for two families in Bollinger County Friday after two first grade boys wandered away from school.
The children slipped away while playing on the playground about 10:30a.m. at Woodland Elementary.
Administrators say the boys were hiding from their teacher, but when the boys weren't immediately found the school went on lockdown.
The highway patrol and local authorities searched for two hours for the kids until they were found about a mile and a half away in Marble Hill.
Nicole Andrews is so grateful to have her son, 7-year-old Zane, in her arms tonight.
"I thank everyone so much, but most of all I thank God because he kept our boys safe," said Nicole Andrews.
The boys do face disciplinary action, but no word on how stern that will be.
"The main thing is the children were found safe that was our top priority," said Superintendent Jennings Wilkinson. "Whatever happens beyond that we can think about that later."
Several agencies responded to the search, a helicopter was also used in trying to locate the children.
The sawmill across the street from the school also reportedly shut down during that time and workers helped in the search efforts.