NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The mother of an autistic teen who disappeared from school and was later found dead warned a teacher that her son was a runner and needed constant supervision, according to a report released Thursday.
And as CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes reported, the case broke the city’s heart – 14-year-old autistic student Avonte Oquendo was seen on surveillance camera running out of his school, and was never seen alive again. Three months later, Avonte’s remains were found along the shoreline in Queens.
The report released Thursday by New York City Schools Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon detailed the series of events that led up to Avonte’s disappearance from the school in October of last year.
The report does not find one person responsible for Avonte leaving his Queens public school. Rather, it detailed a tragic chain of events involving several people.
“It’s terrible,” Condon said. “I mean, so many things could have intervened that would have prevented this from happening.”
Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, spoke out Thursday evening after the report was released.
“Someone has to pay for this mistake,” she said.
Avonte was a student at the Riverview School in Queens when he ran out of the building on Oct. 4, 2013.
An intensive search for the missing teen ensued, and his remains were found in the East River offshore from College Point in January.