Nothing can compare to the pain of losing a child, but when the deceased child’s school continues to call to report his absences, we’re positive that does nothing to aid the healing process.
New York Daily News reports that in June of last year, 16-year-old Jean Fritz Pierre died while swimming in a body of water known as “Bloody Lake” while on a class field trip to Bear Mountain State Park. Park officials had repeatedly warned students not to swim in the lake, but as young children do, Jean and a friend jumped in for a dip anyway. His friend made it back when officials demanded they return to land, but Jean was sucked under and his body was found 50 minutes later.
This year, school officials neglected to realize that Jean has passed, and called his father, Jonas, recently to ask why he was absent from class.
"I think, why are you calling, why are you telling me this," Jonas says. "Don’t you know my son is dead?"
Jonas has filed two $5 million lawsuits against the Department of Education and the city of New York over his son’s death, so in receiving the call from his son’s school, he feels they are adding insult to injury. Although school officials said that they would issue the grieving father an apology, Jonas’ attorney reports that he has not heard from anyone at the school.
Source: New York Daily News