Two boys left behind at Lagoon following field trip, no one taking blame


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  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    I suspect that a lawsuit may come out of this as soon as some attorney convinces the mother that she will at least get a settlement if she signs up. Doesn't matter that her son broke agreed upon rules and she had previously agreed to be responsible if her son missed the bus.

    The mom claims she wants an apology but may very well have $$$$ dancing in her mind already. I wonder if the attorney would want a 60/40 split of the potential settlement or maybe even 50/50.

    May not be a bad idea that she apologies for her son's conduct and then take him out to the woodshed.

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    May 11, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    We expect kids to be irresponsible at times, but we expect parents to take responsibility for teaching them correctly and for admitting their own mistakes. At least one of these parents won't do that.

  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    May 11, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    While I agree that the children are partially to blame, and that there should be consequences for them, I believe that the school district/teachers should also take some responsibility. After all, what if the children had been abducted? Those of you who entirely blame the children, what if it had been your child? I believe the blame should be shared by the district afterall, they do assume responsibility for the children regardless if it's the child's irresponsibility or not. As for the mother, if I were her, I couldn't ever trust the school distrct again for the safety of my child and would want to be on every field trip my child went on from now on. I'm just glad that it was a simple case of the children failing to report to the bus location on time, and that nothing bad did happen to them. Believe it or not, Utah, you are not exempt from stranger abductions, just ask Elizabeth Smart.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    May 11, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    I just hope the irresponsible mom reads these comments & realizes the errors in her ways. And Kudos to the father who is doing such a great job teaching his son to be responsible AND honest!

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    May 11, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    This is a ten year old, not a ninth grader. What if he had been abducted? Who is to say with such certainty that he wasn't lost? Only those involved know the truth. No matter. No one stayed behind. You can't be too careful when it comes to kids. I know of a case in California were a disabled girl was left behind because she was 15 minutes late.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Better than stuck at school.

  • Turnchasejosh west jordan, UT
    May 11, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Rene Chavez, Here is your apology you are seeking:

    I am sorry you did not teach your son responsibility. Hopefully, you can teach him responsibility in the next eight years before he makes decisions that are worse than this and everyone else is to blame for his actions.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    May 11, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Looks like we are pretty much in agreement that the problem is not the bus, teachers or other students but the 2 kids. One has taken responsibility and I agree that this child has a great example at home. The other has a poor example and needs to learn that the world does not revolve around them. He needs to be reprimanded and not given the fame he is now getting in the paper.

    Apology is due to the teachers, bus drivers, other students and all the parents who had to wait 45 mins to pick up their kids.

    I sure hope the mom reads these posts as I think it is clear that the majority does not agree with her and maybe she should look in the mirror and get a clue.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    The kid admitted he wanted to stay longer . . . when told no he just happened to miss the bus.
    Let's see does 1 plus 1 equal two? The mother should be apologizing. I think it's interesting on the news the kid was like "they just abandoned me." with a bit of attitude. I hope the school doesn't apologize because then the mother will sue. The mother needs to discipline her child yes, punish him for his behavior and then tell the media and school she is sorry. I think it's really hard to miss a big yellow school bus at the front gate if you're there when you were supposed to be.Don't stick up for your kid, teach him some responsibility!

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    May 11, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    ‘Two boys left behind at Lagoon following field trip, boy taking responsibility and apologizing to other students he inconvenienced’

    This is how the article should have been titled.

    Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I applaud mothers who take teaching responsibility seriously.

  • lledwards38 Canandaigua, NY
    May 11, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    My suggestion to the angry mother is that next time she become a chaperone. Then she can experience what a responsibility it is, have empathy for the adults to gave of their time to search for her child and maybe help her son become more responsible.

    I'm curious to know who she thinks should apologize to her child? The chaperones who worried and searched, the kids, or the bus driver.

    PS. I think the headlines were misleading. Two kids weren't "left behind", they weren't weren't where they were supposed to be.

  • tanfam ballwin, mo
    May 11, 2013 6:25 a.m.

    Hello, BIG YELLOW BUS. How could the kid miss that at Lagoon? Everyone but his mom knows that the kid deliberately missed the bus for extra time at Lagoon. Quit blaming the district, the teacher, and the dog for your kid's irresponsibility.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    May 11, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    It must be the school's fault my kid forgot to do his homework

  • Ute parents - me Cougar Rathdrum, ID
    May 11, 2013 5:56 a.m.

    I am a teacher in Idaho and always try to meet our state standard of returning with at least 90% of my class from a field trip.

    Let's see how these kids turn out. I'll bet the second one has a much better chance of growing up to be a responsible citizen. Good parenting makes the difference!

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    May 11, 2013 12:00 a.m.

    As a ex-bus driver who has driven field trips to Lagoon, we occasionally had students who failed to show up on time. Luckily, we never had to leave someone as they showed up just a few minutes late. However the problem here is the son and his mother! She expects that a whole bus load of children are going to be late getting back because her son 'isn't ready to go home yet'! Talk about a selfish attitude! Congratulations to the father of the other boy. I suspect that boy will not be late next time!

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    The kid will learn that yes, you can be left behind if not where you're supposed to be. Bet he won't miss the bus for a while...

  • Utah Teacher Orem, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    We go to Lagoon with our students for an end of year activity since they are graduating from junior high. In my 20 years of going, we have NEVER had one student be more than 15 minutes late. The principal will drive his car up instead of taking the bus with the rest of us. Luckily he has never had to bring a kid back.

    Glad to see the comments about teaching the parent a lesson. Schools shoulder too much of the blame for parents not doing their job.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 10, 2013 8:16 p.m.

    The young man sounds like a very irresponsible child being raised by a mother who only wants to blame others. Shame on the mother and the child.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    May 10, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    I remember going to Scout O Rama as a kid in Twin Falls at the CSI expo center. We decided to go to the Shoshone Falls first. So went had picnic loaded up in car. Well there was a snack bar a few feet away and two boys got out of the suburban to the snack bar and driver took off and kids thought they went in another car. Well had fun at Scout o rama before we realized what happened. Before Cell phones and kids did not take rides as that was not safe. One set of parents were upset. Went to Bishops house and told him to release people. He said put gas in your car and haul 10 people's kids is what I heard. Other parents mad at kid for taking off. Someone suggested prayer that was not LDS. Found them and another kid went home with neighboring scout troop who passed through. Kids need to be were they are supposed to be when they agree to go on those types of trips.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 10, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    10 is a little young, but it seems like the chaperone(s) bus stayed around 45 minutes or so. I'm sure they looked around, maybe even paged. I can't believe that no effort was made to find the young man. I know on trips that many students stay longer and go home on their own, mostly junior high and high school age children. I don't want to be too hard on the boy, but it sounds like there is more to the story then he was left there at the gate. I really like the attitude of the other father who blames his son and doesn't want any "backlash" against the school, district etc.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 10, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    It's Lagoon, not the wilderness. Plenty of phones. They even have police and first aid there. They probably had cell phones. Do we keep the bus full of students waiting forever?

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    May 10, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Oh please, if the child was standing by the front gate there is no way security and chaperones would not have found him...Sounds like the kid didn't want to go home....

  • Mom of Six Northern Utah, UT
    May 10, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    Where is the parent here? I'm sorry, but there is no excuse for this child's behavior. He knew when they were supposed to meet. By age ten, he also knows how to tell time. This child just decided to disregard everyone else but himself, and his mother backs him up. This mother should be the one apologizing to everyone else who spent hours looking for him. As a parent, I am embarrassed for the mom. I smell a lawsuit followed by more rules about field trips, which will ruin experiences like this for everyone!

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    What message is Chavez sending to her son? Not very good parenting skills. She should be the one apologizing to the district!

  • bronco SPRINGVILLE, UT
    May 10, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    hmmmmm I wonder what happened here it is just so puzzling. LOL!

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    May 10, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    Oh Gee Whiz, gag me with a spoon. If my son came to me with the old, "the bus left me, I couldn't find it anywhere" line he would be writing 100 long apology notes to all of the students he made wait and those who looked for him. I am not kidding!!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 10, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    This should really be the last field trip for this student unless his mother is along as a chaperone.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    May 10, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    Someone definitely needs to help clear up the situation. What did the other boy say? He's not mentioned in the paper or shown. It would be great to hear from him as well.

  • BillNyeTSG South Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more. Chavez would be well-served to follow the example of her peer and ask her son to accept some responsibility. If the other children found the bus successfully, I can't imagine that they were hard to find.

  • Tuffy Parker Salem, UT
    May 10, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    One parent who understands accountability in their child and another, not so much. It's unfortunate that the the parent who doesn't understand it gets all the ink.