Mother of Trevyan Rowe files notice of claim to city, RCSD


    A Notice of Claim has been served to the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District. (WHAM photo)

    Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The mother of 14 year old Trevyan Rowe has taken the first legal step toward a possible lawsuit in her son's death.

    A Notice of Claim has been served to the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District.

    The body of the teen with autism was pulled from the Genesee River on March 11, three days after he wandered away from School Number 12.

    Three teachers failed to mark him absent.

    In a surprisingly candid news conference in March, after Trevyan’s body was recovered, Mayor Lovely Warren also said 911 operators failed to notify the fire department that witnesses reported seeing Trevyan on a bridge over the river.

    Warren told 13WHAM she stands by her statement that “human errors led to Trevyan's death”.

    “The liability aspect is what attorneys weigh but at the end of the day, when you so something wrong, there is no sugar coating it," Warren said. "You have to be upfront and forthright and you go one from there. I know the policy wasn’t followed and I think it’s very important that they family deserves the truth. The public deserves the truth."

    Jason Brown, the attorney for Trevyan's mother tells 13WHAM News that her priority is making sure something like this doesn't happen again in Rochester schools.

    “In order for peace, we are prepared for war”, Brown said. They are seeking a meeting with all interested parties.

    Brown would not say what dollar amount Carrie Houston might be seeking in a possible settlement or lawsuit if it goes that far.

    The City of Rochester and RCSD have 90 days to respond to this Notice of Claim.

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