There continues to be a need for better supervision of students in NYC public schools. Six year old Deion Baskerville who has special needs, got off his school bus Tuesday morning and instead of going into his school, he bolted down the street evading school authorities. Deion whom his mother, Aisha Baskerville says has a mild case of autism, attends P.S. 169 Robert F. Kennedy School, at 110 E. 88th St. on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
According to CBSNewYork, Deion who was missing for most of Tuesday morning was found more than 30 blocks away at 120th Street and Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem. When reporters asked, Deion said he was on a mission, window shopping for action heroes. He said he wanted to buy “Spiderman, and the Hulk, and Ironman, and Captain America, and Wolverine.”
Deion’s mom wants to know how this happened. “We trust in these people to be able to get our kids in and out of the school,” Baskerville said. “So why wouldn’t you escort my kid inside of the school?”
This brings about an important topic. A report from the office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation revealed there were 279 instances of unattended students in 2014. Within the first four months of 2015 the agency received 142 complaints of children not being supervised.
Senator Charles Schumer’s legislation titled “Avonte’s Law Act of 2015” addresses critical safety issues affecting individuals with autism in the U.S. every day. If passed, Avonte’s Law would allow $50 million over the course of five years to be distributed by the Attorney General with the purpose of reducing the risk of injury and death related to wandering, as well as safeguarding individuals with disabilities during interactions with law enforcement. This law will also provide voluntary tracking devices for those families that opt to participate.
This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee and needs our support. Please take a minute and sign our petition to pass Senator Schumer’s legislation “Avonte’s Law.”