- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - State investigators blame systemic failures in school policy for the death of a 14-year-old student with special needs who had talked about suicide before his body was found in the Genesee River three days after he wandered undetected from his Rochester school.

New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia describes “an astounding lack of support” for Trevyan Rowe at James P.B. Duffy School No. 12.

A report released by Elia and Attorney General Letitia James Tuesday says mistakes were made at multiple levels, from the types of services Trevyan received to the way the school monitored his attendance and bus travel.

In a statement, the Rochester school district says it’s reviewing the report and already has made changes.

Trevyan’s disappearance last March went unnoticed for hours after teachers marked him present.

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