Errors Let Autistic NY Boy Slip from School
A report on an autistic teenager who disappeared from his New York City school and was later found dead lists errors that contributed to the tragedy, but it does not recommend any specific disciplinary action.
The report was released by the schools’ special commissioner of investigation.
It describes how 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his school in Queens on Oct. 4. His remains were later found in the East River.
The report says the school safety agent at the front desk was distracted by another student during the time when Avonte slipped away.
It says the principal in charge of the building refused to institute a “soft lockdown,” because he didn’t want to alarm students.
A lawyer for Avonte’s family did not immediately return a call seeking comment.