New video of Avonte Oquendo calls into question school safety agent’s actions

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LONG ISLAND CITY (PIX11) — What did the school safety agent on duty when Avonte Oquendo ran out of his school really see last October?

The lawyer for Avonte’s family released new video Monday night. It clearly shows Avonte running just feet past the agent’s desk.


The lawyer for Avonte Oquendo’s family says a lawsuit against the city will be filed in the coming weeks.

“He walks slowly right in front of the desk and then bolts and now stops and turns around,” attorney David Perecman said.

A police report, Perecman obtained through the Freedom of Information Law, stated that one of the teachers responsible for the teen with autism reported Avonte tried to get away from a group of students the day before he ran from the school.

Avonte was never seen alive again. His body was found along the East River in College Point three months after he disappeared.

Perecman told PIX11 the family’s lawsuit against the city would be filed in the coming weeks.

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