A 16-year-old girl who has been missing for four weeks has been found safe.
Katy Mason was located Tuesday afternoon in Tiptonville, Tennessee, nearly 200 miles from Nashville.
Her mother, Betty, described what it was like receiving the call her daughter had been found.
“I couldn't get in the car fast enough. It was like,we're out of here,” said Mason.
Katy was with 23-year-old Michael Brandon Paschall.
Paschall is charged with violating an order of protection.
The Nashville mom's nightmare began April 5 when she received an alert letting her know Katy was not in class at Hillsboro High School.
Someone pretending to be Mason had helped Katy check out of school.
Mason wants to know how it happened.
“It's been four weeks and absolutely no feedback from Metro Schools on what they've pursued on this and how they're going to approach in the future to make sure kids are safe at school,” said Mason.
The family had set up guidelines on who could sign Katy out of school but the family believes the guidelines were not followed.
“We don't want to see this happen to another family,” said Mason.
Katy is being cared for at a facility where she is receiving counseling, according to her mother.
When she returns home, Mason said she won't be returning to Hillsboro High School.
“We're still working on that as far as how we're going to finish our academics but it won't be there that is for sure,” said Mason.
For now Mason is just ready to put the ordeal behind her. She is relieved her daughter is safe.
“That's the main thing I'm trying to focus on now. Everything else is in the past. We're not looking back, we're going forward,” said Mason
A spokesman for Metro Schools told Nashville's News 2 the situation is under investigation and officials plan to take appropriate action if they determine the policy wasn't followed.
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