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Avonte Oquendo's Mother Warned School of his Tendency to Run

March 27, 2014

(March 27, 2014) -- Vanessa Fontaine, the mother of 14-year-old, Avonte Oquendo, had told her son's teacher that Avonte was a 'runner' who might leave the school building. The note letter was never shared with school administrators, according to a report published today. 

This error, along with other oversights, was was described in a 12-page report published by the special commissioner of investigation for the New York City school system.

Avonte Oquendo wandered away from his Long Island City school in October of last year. His remains were recovered in the East River in Queens in January.