The Search for Avonte Oquendo

Friday, October 11, 2013

Today marks one week since Avonte Oquendo ran away from his special education school. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and,  talks about the search and the claim his family filed against the city, citing negligence.


Beth Fertig

Comments [5]

john from office

cicimbo, the GOP lost the election for president because Romney/Ryan began to believe their own lies. The Obama caused the shutdown is a lie, a talking point. Only an idiot would believe that. Try winning an election.

Oct. 11 2013 11:47 AM

John you are the fact challenged one. Why do you feel the need to be so nasty?

President Obama is the one who decides what "vital" services are and are not. For example Obama golfs at the Andrew Air Force base course. That is open, because the claim is it is privately funded. Yet Obama has had park rangers closing down privately funded hotels on park lands. The Obama administration made the decision to close the Amber alerts. It was a political decision and his base refusing to call him on it is shameful.

Oct. 11 2013 11:40 AM
john from office

Joyce you are a tea party moron. The house closed down the government.

Oct. 11 2013 10:36 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

The problem is more than merely Avonte. The problem is that during the school session, the school is responsible for the whereabouts of its students. Parents temporarily transfer their watch to that of the school and the schools assume temporary liability.

This was a case of negligence and I get the impression that this discussion of a missing child is going to change, after he's found, to a discussion of the size of the lawsuit.

Perhaps schools should issue ID badges to students that must list the times each student should be on school grounds and possible limitations of each student. It could be microchipped into each card and a reader given to various security personnel so they can check the movements of students without legitimate passes. Without better security, the risk of losing students and the risk of liability will escalate and the lawsuits will fly until it becomes too expensive to operate schools because the insurance premiums will be too high.

Oct. 11 2013 10:24 AM
Joyce from NYC

Does the fact that Obama chose to shut down the Amber Alert play a role in this?

Oct. 11 2013 10:21 AM

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