Police on Trevyan Rowe case: 911 failed to follow protocol

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 14, 2018

Because Rowe failed to return home on the school bus Thursday afternoon, his mother Carrie Houston called the school.

The 14-year-old wandered away from school after getting off of his school bus on Thursday morning. His body was found 1.5 miles away in the Genesee River on Sunday.

During a news conference that included School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams and Board President Van White, it was revealed that three teachers wrongly marked Trevyan as being present.

There have been reports from drivers in recent days that they had seen someone matching Trevyan's description on the Douglass-Anthony Bridge.

According to Warren, officials determined that 911 dispatchers failed to follow protocol after receiving calls about a person on a bridge.

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"While the 911 center dispatched a State Trooper, it's also our protocol that when someone is in distress on a bridge above water, to dispatch fire rescue, and notify the scuba team; this did not happen".

Deane-Williams said that several staff members had been placed on administrative leave.

Trevyan had autism which is one reason why hundreds of volunteers from the community helped with his search.

Deane-Williams said Rowe was classified as having a learning disability, but not designated as autistic, according to RCSD records.

The district would like a full, independent investigation to be done, possibly by the NYS Education Department.

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