Student at prestigious Northern Westchester School dies by suicide, police say

A 17-year-old student at a prestigious New York academy has died by suicide, authorities said.

The incident took place in Westchester County around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the EF Academy in Thornwood, according to Mount Pleasant Police Chief Paul J. Oliva.

Police were notified of a suicidal person through a 911 call from the academy, Oliva said.

The first responders were directed by school staff to a dormitory adjoining the main building. Upon entering the room, officers discovered a deceased 17-year-old student. The method of death appears to be hanging, police said in a statement.

The student, identified as Claudio Mandia, is from Salerno, Italy, the chef said.

Following the discovery, an investigation by the Mount Pleasant Police Detective Division handled the scene and the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Officer was notified.

Mandia’s parents were arriving in the United States from Italy the same day and were met at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York by officers and an EF Academy representative to inform them of the death of their son, Oliva said.

An autopsy has been performed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office and preliminary results are expected in the coming days, he added.

According to the Daily Beast, Mandia had studied as a boarding school to complete an International Baccalaureate.

The report says Mandia planned to follow in the footsteps of his entrepreneur father, who owned a frozen Italian pizza export business called Fiad.

He was due to graduate in May.

In a statement written in Italian to the Daily Beast, the family claimed the academy had placed Mandia in solitary confinement as “punishment” for alleged cheating.

His uncle said his nephew’s despair felt like “a sudden illness” brought on by the stress of the alleged punishment of self-isolation, the Daily Beast reported.

A school spokesperson declined to comment to The Daily Beast. Calls from the Daily Voice were not returned.

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