North Miami Mother Says Her Son Ran Away Because He Couldn't Take Any More Bullying

Carlos Armstrong, 13, was back home Tuesday night with his mother, Rebecca Castillo

By Steve Litz
|  Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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A North Miami teen who ran away from home on Saturday was found safe in Miami Tuesday, authorities said. Carlos Armstrong, 13, was back home Tuesday night after spending three nights alone on the streets of Miami. Mother Rebecca Castillo says he ran away because of bullying.

A North Miami teen who ran away from home on Saturday was found safe in Miami Tuesday, authorities said. Carlos Armstrong, 13, was back home Tuesday night after spending three nights alone on the streets of Miami. Mother Rebecca Castillo says he ran away because of bullying.

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A North Miami teen who ran away from home on Saturday was found safe in Miami Tuesday, authorities said.

Carlos Armstrong, 13, was back home Tuesday night after spending three nights alone on the streets of Miami.

“He went everywhere,” said his mother, Rebecca Castillo. “He got on the train, the public transportation, buses, walking – a lot of walking.”

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North Miami Police and the FBI were looking for Armstrong – issuing a missing flyer that included a photo of him walking the streets. The North Miami Middle School student ran away because he couldn’t take any more bullying from schoolmates, his mother said.

“He was so afraid to go back that he was afraid for his life,” she said. “Because these kids, they were telling him all the time, they were threatening him that they were going to kill him.”

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Castillo said she should have paid more attention to her son’s needs, and seen that he desperately wanted help.

Armstrong had some advice for other kids in his situation.

“Don’t ever run away, and just tell an adult, and don’t make bad choices,” he said.

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