The search for a teenage boy with Autism has been ongoing for the past two weeks by the New York City police. According to the boy’s mother, he was subjected to teasing by his classmates for still taking the bus to school.
On October 4th, there was a report of a missing Bronx teenager named Jason Ramirez who disappeared after school.
In a statement given to PIX 11, Zoraida Ramirez, the mother of the missing Bronx boy, revealed that her son, Jason, had been teased by his peers for taking the yellow school bus. She shared that Jason had come home upset a few times, reporting that the other kids would call him names like “SPED,” implying that he was in special education. Ramirez’s account sheds light on the bullying and stigma that some children may face when using school transportation services.
At Gotham Collaborative High School in the West Farms area of the Bronx, Ramirez was enrolled in inclusive classes, despite being high functioning and verbal.
Ramirez received a call from the bus matron informing him that Jason was not on the bus as expected.
Upon reviewing the surveillance video, it was discovered that on October 4th, Jason, who is 15 years old, had indeed boarded the BX 5 city bus after finishing his classes. The video shows that he disembarked in the Soundview area after the bus had made five stops.
Jason is 5’4″ tall and weighs around 110 pounds. He has an athletic physique, along with striking light brown eyes and dark brown hair.
According to reports, the clothing description of the individual in question includes a dark grey hooded sweatshirt, paired with dark blue jeans. The person was also spotted carrying a black coat and a black Nike book bag.
If anyone has any information about Jason’s whereabouts, the police are asking them to contact the Missing Persons Squad at (212) 694-7781.
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