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Rockville Girl, 13, Says She Hid Because She Was Bullied

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    Teen Who Went Missing in Maryland Says She Was Bullied

    Volunteers spent hours searching in the cold for Lemlem Earley. She said Wednesday that she hid because she was bullied at school. "I was surprised that so many people cared," she said.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019)

    Parents in Rockville, Maryland, breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after their 13-year-old daughter was back safe home after going missing the previous day.

    Lemlem Earley was located Wednesday afternoon after she left for school early Tuesday and disappeared. Police from Rockville and Montgomery County, as well as about 40 volunteers, searched for her for hours in the cold.

    Lemlem told News4 that she hid because she was bullied at school.

    "I had a bullying situation in school that I didn't want to deal with," she said quietly. "So, I didn't really know how to handle it except hide, because I didn't want to talk with anyone."

    13-Year-Old Girl Missing in Rockville

    [DC] 13-Year-Old Girl Missing in Rockville

    UPDATE: She has been found safe. // ORIGINAL STORY: Dozens of people were out Tuesday night searching for a 13-year-old girl who was last seen leaving home for school Tuesday morning. But her family says she never made it to school. News4's Shomari Stone spoke with her concerned parents.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019)

    "I definitely didn't think anyone would look for me," she said, fighting tears. "I was surprised that so many people cared."

    Her parents were set to meet with the principal of Julius West Middle School on Thursday. The school district said they would look into the bullying allegation.

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