A beloved Brooklyn Tech social studies teacher who ripped the city’s delayed closure of schools suddenly passed away Tuesday — and school officials cited a non-coronavirus related heart attack, The Post has learned.
Social studies teacher Andrew Decker, 46, died Tuesday morning, stunning colleagues already reeling from a rash of COVID-19 cases in their midst.
Decker had sharply criticized city brass in a Facebook post earlier this month for not closing schools sooner.
“If we can do that, and flatten the curve, more people will live through this safely,” he wrote on March 14, arguing that City Hall’s delay was based in “arrogance.”
Brooklyn Tech officials were shellshocked by Decker’s death.
“I regret to inform you that one of our colleagues, Andrew Decker, passed away suddenly early this morning,” principal David Newman wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon. “His passing was not COVID-19 related.”
Newman did not specify a cause of death in that general note to the Brooklyn Tech community but said he “appeared to have a heart attack last night” in an internal communication.
At least five Brooklyn Tech teachers have tested positive for coronavirus and several staffers have blasted the Department of Education for not closing the 6,000-student school after the cases were reported.
The DOE has countered that they only closed schools with cases confirmed by the Department of Health.
The Post reported that DOE brass told staffers not to relay coronavirus concerns to DOH and to instead wait for that agency to get lab results. Only one school was deemed to have a confirmed infection and was closed before the system closure.
Newman said the school would be making grief counselors available in the wake of Decker’s passing.
“The outpouring of sentiments from his current and former students are a testament to the impact that he had on their lives,” Newman told The Post. “The consensus of the students depict Andy as their favorite teacher, one who is always available for them on matters of the subject he taught, history, or anything else.”