De Blasio Signs "Avonte's Law"

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    The New York City Council has approved a bill requiring audible alarms on doors in schools with special needs programs. The bill known as Avonte's Law was inspired by the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo from his school in Queens last October. Melissa Russo reports.

    Mayor de Blasio signed legislation dubbed "Avonte's Law" Thursday aimed at making schools safer for students with special needs.

    The new law requires that the Department of Education evaluate the need for alarms on all exterior doors at elementary schools and those serving students with special needs.

    If it is deemed that a child can open a door, an alarm must be installed.

    New Video Shows Avonte Bolt Out Open Door

    [NY] New Video Shows Avonte Bolting Out School's Open Door
    New video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo bolting out a door left open by an adult at his Queens school the day he disappeared. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    The bill known as Avonte's Law was inspired by the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo from his school in Queens last October.

    His disappearance in October set off an extensive search. The autistic teenager's body was found in January along the East River.

    Feds Agree to Fund Tracking Devices for Autistic Children

    [NY] After Avonte's Death, Feds Agree to Fund Tracking Devices for Autistic Children
    The U.S. Department of Justice says it will fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions that put them at risk for fleeing their caregivers. Pei-Sze Cheng has the story.

    The city medical examiner ruled that the boy's cause of death could not be determined.
     

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