State Releases Findings Following Death of Rochester Teen Trevyan Rowe

The state Attorney General and the state Education Commissioner have released their findings into the death last year of 14-year-old Rochester school student Trevyan Rowe.

The investigation concluded "systemic failures in school policy and procedures" existed at Rowe's school, School Number 12.

The report says Trevyan was known to be suicidal and faced serious mental health issues. While he received some services, the report says there were potentially inadequate and delayed services for mental health treatment; an overly narrow application of behavioral intervention plans; and a consistent lack of documentation.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says Rowe "was failed at every level, from mental health and special education services to procedures to keep students safe at school."

The District responded to the report, saying in a statement:

"The death of Trevyan Rowe continues to have a profound impact on all of us, and we will always keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

We have received the State Attorney General’s report and will be reviewing it thoroughly. We have already implemented a number of improved measures to ensure our student attendance and supervision procedures meet the highest standards. We continue to monitor and enhance safety protocols. 

The safety and well-being of our students continue to be our top priority." 

Rowe got off his school bus last March 8 and walked away. His body was found three days later in the Genesee River.

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