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Family Of Missing Queens Teen Speaks Out About City Review Of School Safety Protocols

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The family of a missing Queens teenager with autism is speaking out after the city announced a review of school safety protocols.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced last week that he is ordering a review of school safety procedures in light of Avonte Oquendo's disappearance.

He says that he'll look into the use of more security cameras, public address systems and possible "panic buttons," as well as more training for those who work with special needs students.

Avonte Oquendo disappeared on October 4 after walking out of his school in Long Island City.

An attorney for his mother released a statement responding to Walcott's announcement, saying, in part, "Obviously the family and I don't want to put a damper on any effort to prevent this from happening to another child but clearly for Avonte it is too late...Some of the measures seem obvious and intuitive, but based upon what happened perhaps they needed to be spelled out. It is also unclear what is new and what are merely the prior rules re-emphasized."

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