BROOKLYN - Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing to make available tracking devices for children with autism after a 14-year-old boy ran away from his special-needs program over the weekend.
Police say the teen walked out of his program at P.S. 721 on Avenue X Saturday. They later found him after reports of a naked male running on the beach at West 12th Street.
Officers saw the boy, who has autism and is nonverbal, in the water. They removed their gun belts and retrieved him from the ocean, and authorities transported him to Coney Island Hospital.
In the wake of the incident, Schumer renewed his call for a federally funded program to give GPS devices to families who have children with autism. He had first introduced the proposal after Avonte Oquendo, of Queens, left his school in 2013 and later died.
The Department of Education says the incident is "deeply alarming" and is investigating along with police.