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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Better than stuck at school.
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.
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.
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!
‘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
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.
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
It must be the school's fault my kid forgot to do his homework
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!
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!
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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....
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!
What message is Chavez sending to her son? Not very good parenting skills. She
should be the one apologizing to the district!
hmmmmm I wonder what happened here it is just so puzzling. LOL!
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!!
This should really be the last field trip for this student unless his mother is
along as a chaperone.
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.
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.
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.