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Avonte Oquendo's Mother Files Wrongful Death Suit Against City

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The mother of an autistic boy who disappeared from his school last October has filed a wrongful death suit against the city, the Department of Education and the police department.

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School Investigation Sheds Light on Avonte's Disappearance

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Avonte Oquendo's classroom teacher knew the autistic boy's mother worried he might run away, but the teacher never shared that information.

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Avonte Oquendo's Death Hits Home for Special Needs Families

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The 14-year-old boy disappeared from a public school in October and his remains were positively identified Tuesday, after being discovered last week in the East River. To those with children like Avonte, some say his death is like losing a family member.

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Family Fears Remains Belong to Missing Autistic Child

Friday, January 17, 2014

There may have been a break in the search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic and mute boy who went missing this fall. The medical examiner worked to identify human remains found along the East River waterfront while the family's lawyer said the clothing found matched what the boy was wearing when he ran out of school in early October.

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Walcott Refines Safety Procedures After Child's Disappearance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced several changes to safety protocols, in the Department of Education's most explicit acknowledgment that changes are needed following the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo last month from his Long Island City school.

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For Missing Boy's Family, a Sad but Familiar Cycle

Thursday, November 07, 2013

There are fewer volunteers showing up at the family's command center, and the announcements made by the MTA about Avonte Oquendo are fewer and farther between. More than a month after the autistic boy disappeared from Riverview School in Long Island City, his family has entered a new phase in their anguishing search.

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Mother of Missing Child Calls Kelly's Remarks 'Heartless'

Friday, October 25, 2013

Three weeks after he disappeared, the family of Avonte Oquendo lashed out at the city's police commissioner for suggesting the boy could be dead.

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Claims of Security Problems at Missing Child's School

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Details are starting to come out about possible security lapses at Avonte Oquendo's school, as the third week since he disappeared closes without any signs of him. The autistic teenager ran from his school in broad daylight; hours passed before a full-scale search was launched.

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Volunteers Vow to Ramp Up Search if NYPD Backs Off

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Even if the police decide to scale back, volunteers and relatives said they will not stop looking for Avonte Oquendo, the ninth grader who ran away from his school over two weeks ago.

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Police May Scale Back Search for Missing Teen

Monday, October 21, 2013

Police say they may scale back on the search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic boy who's been missing for over two weeks.

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Chancellor Fields Questions from Teachers on New Evaluations

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Schools Chancellor stopped by the WNYC studios to talk about the double whammy educators are facing this year, with a new teacher evaluation system and brand new curricula tied to the Common Core standards. Teachers had lots of questions for him. Take a listen.

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Ongoing Search for Missing Teen Weighs Heavily on Family

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

With no hard leads on the missing teenager, relatives of Avonte Oquendo said it's getting harder to stay positive but they won't let up until the autistic child who ran out of his school is found.

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Education Department Knew Missing Boy Might Run

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

UPDATE: The lawyer for the family of Avonte Oquendo, the boy missing since he ran from his school on Oct. 4, said his special education learning plans from 2011 and 2012 warned educators that he could run away. 

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Missing Teen's Family at the Heart of Ongoing Search

Friday, October 11, 2013

Exactly one week after Avonte Oquendo ran out of school unsupervised, his family gathered to pray for his return. Meanwhile, the city broadened its alerts to include public transit. Hear the latest, and get an insider's view on what it means to care for a mute autistic teenager. 

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In Case of Missing Boy, Concerns that Shared School Space Was a Factor

Friday, October 11, 2013

How could a school created for special education students lose one of its own? Some special ed experts say the fact that most programs for special needs kids share space with other schools makes security a real challenge.

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Subway Annoucements: Help Us Find Missing Boy

Friday, October 11, 2013

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The MTA has gotten involved in the citywide search for an autistic boy who disappeared from his school last week. Straphangers now can hear subway announcements seeking help in finding Avonte Oquendo.

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Family of Missing Boy Claims School Was Negligent

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A lawyer for the family of the mute, 14-year-old boy with autism who has been missing since Friday, said a security guard may have allowed him to leave his school, and that the school didn't act quickly enough to find him.

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Search Continues for Missing Boy with Autism

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City public schools has opened an investigation into how a 14-year-old boy with autism managed to leave his school last Friday.

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Parents of Special Needs Kids Concerned About Missing Boy

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

As police continue to search for a 14-year-old boy with autism who has been missing since Friday, some parents of children with special needs question how the vulnerable student could have left his school unattended.

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