An 11-year-old boy ran away from home because he was upset he may have disappointed his parents.

Andrew Ong, 11, left a note at his parents’ home in Camberwell in the city’s east before fleeing at about 8.30am on Monday, according to The Age.

The boy left a five-page note on the kitchen table before taking his myki and a backpack, reports The Age.

Nearly 12 hours after he ran away Police shared, ‘Great news! Missing 11-year-old boy Andrew Ong has been located safe and well!’ the Victoria Police wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, Cindy and David Ong made a desperate plea their son to come home, saying he was upset about a minor incident which happened at school.

“He left a note lying on the table about why he’s doing it, about how he feels sad about what has happened at school. He just wanted to have some time to think. And he’ll come back Friday. I think he was just feeling a bit daunted about coming back to school, and that’s why he’s taken off.”

‘He’s a very sweet boy, but very sensitive,’ Mrs Ong said, according to the Herald Sun.

‘He wouldn’t hurt a fly. Something happened at school that he’s very upset with himself about, but we want him to know he’s not in any trouble.’

Mrs Ong said the school dispute was over canteen duty.

“Kids were being silly. They were giving treats to their friends. And the principal made them write a letter. So I think he feels really bad about what he’s done. He probably feels that we’re disappointed in him.”

The family and Police thanked the public for their assistance.

We recently shared a post encouraging parents to teach their children it is OK to make mistakes and be an a#se at times.  “YES please teach your kids about kindness, compassion and being inclusive of all, but please also teach them it is OK to be an arsehole sometimes.” Read the full story here.

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Has your child ever ran away because they thought they were in big trouble?

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  • my kids have never done this and hopefully they will feel like they could communicate with us so this would never happen


  • I feel like running away now for similar reasons and I’m. Much older :/ Doesn’t solve your problems tho, they just follow you


  • I hid under a bush when I thought I was in trouble. It was before child abuse was talked about much and my Dad had big hard hands. I only came out when I heard my Mum say “if we don’t find her soon we’ll have to call the Police”. I never thought of that. I was just hiding until bed time and going to sneak in the other door.


  • Glad the boy was found ok and I hope was embraced with open arms and not too much judgement.
    No, I’m glad my kids never ran away so far.


  • Oh gosh! Glad to see a happy ending. It’s a tough time when you are so hard on yourself. Disappointing parents is a tough feeling, even at 30, I recently felt so much hurt over feeling like I made my mum disappointed in a decision I made. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. We just have to make sure we learn from them ❤️


  • Thank goodness he’s safe! I watched this story on the news last night and felt so badly for his parents. He seems like such a sweet kid. Very glad there was a happy end.


  • Saw this on the news and so happy he is safe and well now!


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