Death of Trevyan Rowe Finds Systemic Failures in School Policies and Procedures

New York Attorney General Letitia James and State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia today announced the findings of a civil investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Trevyan Rowe, a 14-year-old student in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) who went missing on March 8, 2018. The investigation found that systemic failures in school policy and procedures existed at James P.B. Duffy School No. 12, the school Trevyan attended at the time of his death.

“The death of Trevyan Rowe was a tragedy,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “In an effort to ensure that this never happens again, we engaged in a thorough and thoughtful investigation of the policies and procedures in place at the Rochester City School District. It is clear that there were systemic failures at the school and I strongly urge the school district to implement the recommendations outlined in this report. We all have a responsibility to protect our children and we must work together to keep our children out of harm’s way.”

“The untimely death of Trevyan Rowe was a tragic loss that never should have occurred,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “The Board of Regents is committed to protecting the safety of all students because no parent should ever have to wonder if their child is safe at school.  I thank the Attorney General and the State Education Department for their commitment to getting answers for the child’s family and for the recommendations in the report that will help prevent tragedies like Trevyan’s death from happening in the future.”

“The facts and circumstances surrounding Trevyan’s time at School 12 reveal an astounding lack of support from his school,” said State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “The investigation uncovered that Trevyan was failed at every level, from mental health and special education services to procedures to keep students safe at school. We must all learn from this horrific tragedy and recognize the gravity of our responsibility as educators to keep students safe. Every administrator and teacher across New York should read this report and ensure that every recommendation is implemented at their schools. We have a collective responsibility to New York’s children to do no less.