An Italian trade scholar hung himself at an elite Westchester boarding faculty after being positioned in isolation for suspected dishonest, his household mentioned this week.
Claudio Mandia, 17, was discovered lifeless Saturday in a room at E.F. Academy in Mount Nice on the eve of his birthday, officers mentioned.
His mother and father and three siblings flew in to JFK Airport from Italy to rejoice the milestone, in keeping with the household’s legal professional, George Bochetto.
However they had been as an alternative met there by police and faculty officers who broke the tragic information of Mandia’s loss of life.
“It got here as an entire and devastating shock,” Bochetto mentioned. “They’d no concept.”
Bochetto mentioned college students and faculty sources later advised them that Mandia had been positioned in what the legal professional described as “isolation,” after being suspected of dishonest by directors.
The lawyer mentioned he’s working with native investigators to piece collectively the precise sequence of occasions main as much as Mandia’ loss of life. He didn’t say precisely what the isolation ordered by the varsity entailed.
The coed’s uncle advised The Every day Beast that he thought Mandia killed himself resulting from a “sudden sickness” triggered by his isolation.
The teenager was set to graduate from the $62,000-a-year faculty in Might and hoped to comply with his father’s path into enterprise.
“Claudio was an exquisite particular person and scholar and he couldn’t watch for his household to come back to New York from Italy to rejoice his eighteenth birthday,” the household mentioned in an announcement.
E.F. Academy didn’t tackle the household’s claims in an announcement.
“We’re deeply, deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Claudio Mandia,” the varsity mentioned. “Our ideas are together with his household and mates right here in New York and again dwelling in Italy. The protection of our faculty neighborhood is all the time our high precedence. We have now very robust insurance policies and procedures in place concerning the well being and wellbeing of the younger people who find themselves away from their dwelling nations.”
Bochetto mentioned he has but to obtain any formal correspondence from the varsity.
Mandia’s mother and father remained in New York this week to rearrange for the repatriation of his physique again to Italy.
“It’s a tragedy,” Bochetto mentioned, including that the outcomes of an post-mortem are anticipated within the coming days.