Sen. Schumer to bring mother of Avonte Oquendo to State of the Union address

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Senator Chuck Schumer will bring a special guest to attend the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Schumer will be joined by Vanessa Fontaine, the mother of Avonte Oquendo.

The teen with autism was seen on surveillance video running out of his school in Long Island City on October 4.

His body was identified months later after washing up on a beach in Queens.

Schumer invited Fontaine to draw attention to “Avonte’s Law,” which requires the Department of Education to evaluate the need for alarms on all exterior doors at schools that services students with special needs.

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