Investigation Clears Harlem Teacher In Student’s Drowning Suicide
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A city report says a high school teacher in Harlem did nothing wrong before a student left the school and drowned herself in the Hudson River in May.
One news report said the teacher at the elite High School for Math, Science and Engineering screamed at Omotayo Adeoye, 17, when she was caught cheating on a practice test with her cellphone. But as WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, Special Commissioner of Schools Investigations Richard Condon said Monday that his office interviewed 11 classmates who all said that wasn’t the case.
“The teacher went back and took the cellphone and just announced to the class in general, ‘Look, this is a practice test. It doesn’t help you to cheat on it,'” Condon told Silverman.
“It was not directed at the student who had the cellphone; it was directed to the class.”
The report also found that when Adeoye never came back from the restroom at the end of the period, the search for her started right away.
“She apparently went out of the school and walked a fairly long distance to where the Hudson River was,” Condon said.
The teacher had no time to read what the teen had written on her test: “I just want to go away forever on the bottom of the river.”
Condon said the investigation also revealed Adeoye tried to drown herself in the same spot more than a year earlier.
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