Avonte Oquendo has been missing since Friday, Oct. 4th.
As many of you may have heard or read, Avonte pictured above is a 14 year old autistic boy who has been missing since last Friday. He was last seen leaving his school during recess time and hasn't been seen since.
I personally don't get to watch the news that often due to my work schedule but I have been keeping up with this story via the Internet and my mom. The latest I had heard was that the security guard in his school saw him leaving and didn't very much to stop him. Take a look at the paragraph below as Avonte's grandmother speaks specifically about the incident with the security guard.
“The child’s grandmother spoke to a security guard when she came to the school several hours later,” said the family’s attorney, David Perecman. “And the security guard told her that the child was leaving school, and she said, ‘Where are you going?’ He doesn’t speak. And the child said nothing. And she let him leave.”
This child is not only autistic but he is also mute so you just nonchalantly assume he is just ignoring you and you let him leave? What kind of security guard are you? Whether you knew he was autistic or not, why would you just let the child leave school grounds without thinking that maybe there is something wrong with the child, if you were unsure, why not get a supervisor, lock or block the doors so he doesn't leave, do something, anything. Now I can't only put the blame on the security guard as the school should make security aware of students that need to be looked after a little more then others. What some schools forget to realize is that they are responsible for all of the children in that school from the time they walk through those doors until the end of day when they leave school grounds.
What bothers me the most is that, not all, but some "security guards" are just so nonchalant about their jobs. They really could care less about what goes on as long as they get their check but that shouldn't be the case especially when watching over children. When they take on a job in a school they should have the training and thinking, "What if it was my child?"
I know it may seem like I am bashing this woman but I'm really not, I'm just hoping I opened some minds and hopefully get people to pay closer attention. People can be so damn self absorbed at times and unfortunately that self absorbency can lead to this type of situation. Simply put, take your head out your ass for two seconds and maybe, just maybe, situations like this can be avoided.
I hope and pray this little boy is found safely and I hope and pray this woman has learned something from this as she along with the school has put this child at great risk.
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Anyone with information was asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577. Oquendo is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.