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Probe: Errors allowed Avonte Oquendo to leave school

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NEW YORK (AP) — A report says many factors led to an autistic teen walking out of his New York City school to his death — including a safety agent distracted by a hug and a principal who didn't want to alarm children with a lockdown.

But the report released Thursday by the city school system's special commissioner of investigation doesn't recommend any specific disciplinary action.

It describes how 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his school in Queens on Oct. 4. His remains were later found in the East River.

The report says the school safety agent at the front desk was distracted when a student hugged her. It also says the principal refused to institute a "soft lockdown," because he didn't want to alarm students.

A lawyer for Avonte's family did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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