Seventh grader Jeffery Grey, 13, says Mr. Wiener was always able to help him and other students get tutoring or whatever they needed at I.S. 238.Funeral services for assistant principal Mitchell Weiner have ended at Sinai Chapel in Queens.
The 55-year old was the city's first confirmed death in connection to swine flu. Teachers were still stunned at the loss of such a big personality, somebody who had been at that school for over 30 years and who they loved so much. And there was a bit of anger expressed by some of them that how the city had handled them, they wished that the school had been closed sooner, because they knew that their principal was meeting with the health department about concerns and it took a few days after students were sick before they shut down I.S. 238. One teacher suggested that the best honor would be to name the school after Mitchell Weiner.
Lisa Harrison, a science lab assistant at I.S. 238, says she thinks the school should now be named for Mitchell Wiener.
Weiner died Sunday after being hospitalized since May 13. He had been on a ventilator. Wiener's death was the country's sixth from swine flu. Hospital and city officials say complications besides the virus probably played a part in Wiener's death. But his family has said he suffered only from a joint disease. New York City has more than 190 confirmed cases of swine flu.
Eighth graders Natalie Black, 14, and Tyra Stanley, 13 from Intermediate School 238 paid their respects at the funeral of assistant principal Mitchell Wiener. They said he was famous for cracking jokes on the public address system every morning and once made a few students sing as though he was judging them on 'American Idol.'
Sheeba Wajih, 20, and a student at Stonybrook, who graduated from I.S. 238 in 2002 says, 'We were not the best kids, but he was really dedicated. He must have loved it to come every day.'
Janet Banks, a literacy teacher at I.S. 238, wrote a poem for Mitchell Wiener.