School Calls Dad, Wondering Why Dead Son Is Absent

New York City father is outraged
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Sep 27, 2013 5:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – The father of a New York City boy who died on a field trip in June got a reminder of his loss when the school called—to ask why the boy wasn’t in class. Jean Fritz Pierre, 16, drowned while on a class trip to a state park, and his father, Jonas Pierre, has filed two $5 million lawsuits against the city. But that didn't stop a school staffer from calling about the boy's attendance record. The state Education Department has since apologized.

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