- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The family of a teenage girl with special needs and psychological issues said Wednesday the 15-year-old hasn’t been seen since she slipped away from her school two days ago, and criticized school officials for not doing more in her disappearance.

Sandra Rodriguez told reporters Wednesday that she didn’t find out about her daughter Nashaly Perez Rodriguez’s disappearance from her Brooklyn school until about an hour after it took place, and then only because she came to P.S. 371 early to pick up her daughter.

She spoke through a translator at a press conference organized by the attorney who represents the family of a 14-year-old autistic Queens boy who disappeared from a school last October. Avonte Oquendo’s body was found in January.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina says officials are investigating Monday’s disappearance. “I am deeply concerned about this student and we have school support on site as we work with the NYPD to investigate this matter,” she said in a statement.

Rodriguez, at times crying, told reporters her daughter normally comes home on a school bus in the late afternoon, but she had gone to pick her up early, only to be told then that her daughter was gone. The family’s attorney, David Perecman, said the teen suffered from issues including mood swings and ADHD, and should have had one-on-one supervision. The teen’s stepfather, William Brewly, said she had been hospitalized for psychological reasons several times in the last two years.

He criticized the school’s attitude, saying officials were “like, It’s your problem, what are you going to do.”

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