SAT-wary teen re­turns home

Mira Hu, 16, of San Marino had run away be­fore her SAT test, cit­ing aca­demic stress.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha @la­ Twit­ter: @Veron­i­caRochaLA

Mira Hu, the San Marino girl who f led an exam site cit­ing aca­demic stress, is safe, po­lice say.

A San Marino teenager who ran away af­ter feel­ing over­whelmed by school and SAT tests re­turned home Mon­day night, po­lice said.

Mira Hu, 16, reached out to her fam­ily about 8:15 p.m. She said she was at a Los An­ge­les Public Li­brary and asked to be picked up, ac­cord­ing to the San Marino Po­lice Depart­ment.

“It is be­lieved Mira acted on her own free will, and no other per­sons were in­volved,” po­lice said in a state­ment.

San Marino po­lice de­tec­tives planned to in­ter­view Mira about the “cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing her ab­sence,” they said.

Mira dis­ap­peared Satur­day af­ter she was dropped off to take the SAT at Ar­ca­dia High School. Hours later, she texted her brother say­ing she ran away be­cause of the aca­demic pres­sure.

Sur­veil­lance video showed Mira later board­ing a Grey­hound bus for San Fran­cisco, po­lice said.

Sgt. Tim Teb­betts said Mira left L.A. on a Grey­hound bus and re­turned to the city on an­other bus.

“Where she de­parted the bus and her in­tended des­ti­na­tion is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” he said.

Mira ap­peared to be un­happy about leav­ing school in China to en­roll in San Marino High. She wrote on Face­book: “Life is not filled with ups and downs. There are only downs.”

The fam­ily cre­ated a web­site, helpfind­, af­ter she dis­ap­peared. On Tues­day, the web­site an­nounced that Mira had been found.

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MIRA HU left L.A. on a Grey­hound bus and later re­turned to the city on an­other bus, po­lice say.

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