Kindergartner left in city park after school field trip

POSTED: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 3:22pm

A Texas kindergarten student was left behind during a field trip on Tuesday.

The kindergarten class from Smyer Elementary visited the Lubbock Civic Center to watch a play, then ate lunch at Maxey Park before they headed back to school.

A teacher, two aides and at least one parent supervised the trip. Smyer Superintendent Dane Kerns said a head count was given before the students boarded the bus. However, when they returned to Smyer, they realized one student was missing.

An employee at Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology spotted the boy and noticed he was without an adult. He stayed at their office until a Smyer teacher came to pick him up.

Principal Jeff Brazil says he spoke with school faculty today, to ensure an event like this will not happen again.

"We just wanted to make sure that we have a system in place," said Brazil, "to where we can hopefully eliminate this from the future."

Brazil said there could have been some confusion among chaperones, since parents are permitted to pick up their children from field trips, when cleared with school officials.

He added, "having at least more than one person count," said Brazil, "that would probably help, also."

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