Cops Probe Death of Teen at Yonkers Special Needs School

Police say the boy went into cardiac arrest while being restrained by staff

By Jonathan Vigliotti
|  Thursday, Apr 19, 2012  |  Updated 12:14 PM EDT
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Death of Teen at Yonkers Special Needs School Probed

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Officials are investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy who died after going into cardiac arrest while being restrained by staff at a school for students with emotional and behavioral challenges in Yonkers.

Police officers were called to the Carol and Frank Biondi Education Center of Leake and Watts, where the boy is a resident, at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, the teen was playing basketball when he got into an argument with another student.

Police say he lost consciousness while being held down by two staff members who tried to break up the fight. When police arrived, the staffers were performing CPR.

The boy was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Leake and Watts spokeswoman Meredith Barber told NBC New York he lived on campus as part of the school's resident treatment program. She said the school was deeply saddened by the tragedy and was cooperating with the police investigation.

It's unclear if the teenager suffered from any medical issues. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

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