New York City mayor signs ‘Avonte’s Law’ on alarms for school doors

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed a bill calling for the evaluation of the need for audible alarms on public school building doors, in commemoration of the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, Introductory 131-A, also known as Avonte’s Law, was inspired by the Avonte’s disappearance from his Queens school last year.

The 14-year-old autistic boy was last spotted on surveillance video leaving the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens on Oct. 4. His body was found three months later along the East River in College Point.

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