NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle High School's failure to evacuate two wheelchair-bound students during a fire emergency is being investigated by the Department of Justice.
Herbert Hadad, press officer for the Justice Department’s White Plains office, confirmed that a letter was sent to the New Rochelle City School District informing them of the official inquiry.
When students were evacuated from the school Jan. 31 due to a report of burning wires nearby, senior Jennifer Feltenstein and another student, who both have cerebral palsy and are confined wheelchairs, were kept on the third floor.
Staff members stayed with the two students in designated safe areas. The district has publicly stated that neither student was in danger.
Hadad said he couldn’t speculate on charges that could arise from the inquiry and added that he had no further information on the investigation.