Westfield Student Missing, State Police Assisting With Search

Westfield police are actively searching for a student who jumped from a school bus and fled Tuesday morning.

This story was updated at 4:07 p.m. to include school information. 

Westfield Police Chief David Wayman confirmed that police are actively searching for a student of a Westfield school who is missing.

According to reports, a 15-year-old male jumped off a school bus and fled Tuesday morning in the area of Lamberts Mill Road and Rahway Avenue.

While police would not confirm which school the student attends, a spokesperson for the Westfield public school district confirmed that student does not attend a Westfield public school nor is a Westfield resident.

Police units were located in front of Lamberts Mill Academy, which according to its website "is an education program designed for students who require a comprehensive psycho-therapeutic approach in an education setting." When Patch called to confirm that the missing child is a student, the principal said all calls are being referred to a behaviorist at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

State police, Clark Police and Fire departments and the National Guard are assisting in search, using helicopters and boats. The Fanwood Police Department was also at the scene as of 2:30 p.m. as was the Union County canine unit.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Westfield Police Department at 908-789-4000.

Patch will update this story as information becomes available. 

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LM October 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
What's going on with the youth today? First the girl in Clark, now this kid. And what is the deal with the Summit Court house party that got trashed by WHS students? These kids are out of control. I heard the school won't cooperate with the police in their investigation. I guess the school doesn't want to lose any athletes on teams for violating the schools substance abuse policy. It sure wouldn't be a loss if some footballers were involved. Haven't win a game yet.
Diana Evans October 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Hope he's ok . I have boys that go to school there .
Walter Cronkite October 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The word on the street we are told is that this was NOT a Westfield Public School kid- but St Helens Student from Elizabeth.
AJ October 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Anyone thought about sharing a description of the missing boy???
jim peterson October 16, 2012 at 05:55 PM
If you are going to have such a strong opinion you should grow up and use your full name. (LM) Jim Peterson
Elizabeth Alterman (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Hi Amy, I'm trying to obtain additional details from the police and will update the story as soon as possible.
June Cleaver October 16, 2012 at 06:07 PM
LM- are you out of your mind? This is not a school issue. Did WHS throw a party? Did WHS leave their kids home alone? Yes- some kids should pay for what they did- and be punished as well- no excuse for that kind of behavior- but it all starts at home- not at school......
L? October 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
No thanks Jim. I will use initials. Don't want to be subjected to public ridicule by enabling parents. June Cleaver, I do agree that they should be punished. The schools substance abuse policy is just not for school related events but for out of school events where substance abuse usage violates the agreement the student/athlete/band member/drama club/etc participates in.
Diana Evans October 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
school is been let out now he can easily blend in,,wish they had a description of the boy
Parental Supervision October 16, 2012 at 07:10 PM
To June Cleaver, Read this story about Cranford HS students and just maybe you won' be so quick to go on the attack. http://www.nj.com/cranford/index.ssf/2012/09/cranford_superintendent_studen.html#incart_river_default
L. Busby October 16, 2012 at 07:45 PM
"...in the area of Lamberts Mill Road and Rahway Avenue". Might that be Willow Grove?
Eleonora Zappulla October 16, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Any updates?
Keith October 16, 2012 at 08:32 PM
By St Helen's and the soccer field
rewm October 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
all quiet here
Enough already October 16, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The only school in that area is Beadleston High School with an enrollment of 54 students. Information on Beadleston states: "Lamberts Mill Academy (aka Beadleston), located in Westfield, New Jersey is an educational program designed for students who require a comprehensive psycho-therapeutic approach in an educational setting. The program offers intensive clinical and psychiatric services as well as a wide range of educational programs aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). " " Adolescents who have a primary diagnosis of anxiety, depression, school phobia, and/or behavior/personality disorders that interfere with their ability to function in a regular school environment will benefit from the Academy. Students whose disability manifests in chronic aggressive outbursts or who are a danger to others are not appropriate for this program."
melanie calvert October 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Why can't local police do a thorough search? Helicopters??? Give me a break! This isn't O.J.! you don't see this kind of attention given a child missing in Newark do you!
L. Busby October 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Ahhh....thank you, Keith. LB
Silvia Stark October 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM
My son went missing 2 years ago. He was 22 years old. He had a girlfriend who filed a false police report regarding an alleged sexual assault while she walked home alone that really devasted him. We were also dealing with his use of prescription drugs (which he was introduced to by friends on a college baseball team by the way) at the time. The Westfield Police were atrocious to our family after we immediately filed a missing persons report and they did not take the matter seriously and tragically my son died. No one can change that...ever! But I am happy that they are finally taking missing persons more seriously. For those of you who think helicopters and such are too much ...you have never had a missing child. One just never knows and it's better to be safe than sorry. Too late for my son. If you think this can't happen to you...think again.
Kristine J October 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss Silvia. I can't even imagine your pain and sorrow for the loss of your son. I remember this 2 years ago. All my best to you & your family.
rewm October 17, 2012 at 04:07 AM
To June Cleaver You might want to check more reliable sources than your social circle's rumor mill before asserting what are clearly opinions based on false innuendo...you obviously have no idea what occurred on Summit Ct......and LM is correct that the school's athletic code which all athletes and parents must sign to participate applies "...on or off school property" and includes "conduct contrary to law &/or school rules and regulations..." I would think trespassing, underage drinking, theft and vandalism all fall under that umbrella, wouldn't you?


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