How a mystery girl showed up in a Mattapan classroom

The shy Spanish-speaking girl was only able to give her first name, not her last name or where she lived.

An unknown little girl showed up for school Monday morning in Mattapan, triggering district-wide confusion and an all-day search for her identity, reported The Boston Globe.

The little girl, whom officials said is between 4 and 6 years old, boarded a bus from Dorchester Monday morning and arrived at the Charles H. Taylor Elementary School. The shy Spanish-speaking girl was only able to give her first name, not her last name or where she lived. There was no identifying information on her belongings.

A letter was sent to all principals asking if they were missing a student, according to the Globe.

When a transportation official finally tracked down her mother, she told them her daughter was a transfer student and was indeed supposed to be at the Taylor school.

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“The non-traditional spelling of the student’s name caused complications,’’ Richard Weir, a Boston Public Schools spokesman, told the Globe.

Weir said the girl was supposed to start school Oct. 20 and the confusion was caused by a miscommunication between the parents and the schools.

Read the full story in the Globe.

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