With investigations still underway, many details are still unclear about the circumstances that led to the May 7 death of Romy Vilsaint, a fifth-grader at Public School 361 in East Flatbush.
Family members have alleged that Romy, 12, who complained of being struck in the head and suffering through the resulting pain before his death, was bullied by peers. And, parents at the school have complained about a lack of transparency, with some reporting that they first heard about Romy’s death in the news media.
In explaining the silence of administrators, the Department of Education (DOE) said there is no written policy for publicizing the death of a student. The department practice for public communication in the uncommon circumstance of a student’s death is to send a letter to parents.
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