I-Team Investigates School Security, Walks Freely Into 7 Out of 10 Schools
No one stopped our reporter, who was able to access classrooms and multiple floors in some cases
By Jonathan Vigliotti - NBC 4 New York
At PS 35 in Manhattan, the I-Team entered at 8 a.m. through a side door a few yards from the school's main entrance that was guarded by police. At the Information Technology High School in Queens, a security officer at the front door was chatting and didn't notice the I-Team walking in, or even circling him. The officer paid no attention and walked away to answer his cell phone.
The Department of Education said last week that it was reviewing its procedures after Avonte's disappearance. The family's lawyer has said the school knew the teen had a history of running away, and did not properly supervise him.
The boy has not been found.
His mother told NBC 4 New York on Tuesday that the investigation's findings were "very disturbing, how a stranger can walk in and out of these schools and no one is stopping or asking a question."
"Doors are open like they just don't care," she added. "Another kid could be lost, or they could just vanish just like my son did."