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Canby, OR — Two little girls, ages 6 and 7, wandered off the playground at a Canby elementary school, and were found almost two miles away walking along a busy highway.

“It was terrifying, your heart drops and you start sweating and white-knuckle driving just trying to get to your kids,” the father of one of the girls told Fox 12, asking that neither he nor his daughter be named.

It happened just before noon at Lee Elementary on South Ivy Road.

The little girls apparently hid under the playground equipment at recess, and when everyone else went back inside, they went on an adventure.

As soon as school officials realized they were gone, they notified the parents and called 911.

Six minutes after that call, a passer-by called 911 reporting two little girls walking along 99E on the outskirts of Barlow, roughly 1.7 miles from school.

The father thinks they must have been gone for half an hour to walk that distance.

“I talked to my daughter and she said she just wanted to go home,” the father added. “What if someone had grabbed them?”

The girls weren’t hurt and were safely returned to their families.

But the father told Fox 12 he believes the school should have done more to make sure everyone was accounted for.

“When I talked to the principal, they said they make sure everybody’s back in the school how they’re supposed to be,” he said. “But this time, they just didn’t count their ducks.”

Fox 12 reached out to the school district and Canby police to learn more about the situation and policies in place for this type of situation, but haven’t yet heard back.

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  • The Decider

    They don’t have a playground monitor who goes around after recess to make sure no kids are hiding? Back when I was in elementary school it was a common procedure. They checked in slides, in the woods, behind walls, everything. If anyone hid they were caught right away.

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