One would think the school would be able to have this man’s name on top of a “Do Not Call” list or something. Â Jonas Pierre received a call last week from the attendence office of Prospect Heights International School to discuss his son’s horrible school attendence record. It’s great that the school is concerned about students who miss a large amount of classes and I think we all know that good attendance is imperative to receiving a good indication. The only problem with this whole scenario is that Â Jean Fritz Pierre had a really good excuse for not going to school, he sadly drowned while on a school field trip in June. You would think they would have a note of that SOMEWHERE.
I know schools make mistakes all the time but I feel so bad for this grieving father to receive a call like this. According to the NY Daily News:
Pierre, 39, a retail worker, shared a humble Flatbush walkup with his beloved only son until the teenâ€™s untimely death. â€śMaybe the school doesnâ€™t think itâ€™s important, but itâ€™s important to me,â€ť he said. â€śI donâ€™t think I could ever get another son like him.â€ť
The doomed freshman was one of 48 students on a field trip to Rockland Countyâ€™s Bear Mountain State Park. The trip, intended to be a joyous celebration of the school yearâ€™s end, turned tragic when Jean Fritz and a friend left the group to cool down in Hessian Lake, where swimming is banned because of deep pits in the lakeâ€™s bottom.
Police ruled the cause of the teen’s death as accidental drowning, but just this month the boy’s parents filed two lawsuits against the city for five million dollars each, because they feel the school was negligent. I do think they are pretty negligent with paying attention to the whereabouts of their students.
Education Department officials said they would make sure Pierre receives no more calls.
â€śWe apologize for any pain or suffering this may have caused the family and are checking all data systems to ensure that the family doesnâ€™t receive these calls anymore,â€ť said agency spokeswoman Erin Hughes.
That poor dad. Â I’m sure getting over the loss of his son hasn’t been made any easier by this.