5th-grader accidentally left behind on field trip to Carowinds


“Thunder Road” at Carowinds (Image: WSOC)

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SUMTER, S.C. — A fifth-grader got left behind during a field trip to Carowinds, school district officials told WIS.

“I know mistakes happen, and I know humans make mistakes, but whenever it comes to someone’s child, you know, that’s the most precious thing that most parents feel they have,” said Sylvia Lynch, a concerned parent.

Hundreds of students took a field trip to the amusement park last week. The fifth-grader, who attends Kingsbury Elementary, was accidentally left at the park, which is about two hours away from the school.

“This unfortunate incident has deeply shaken our entire family. We would like to make sure that changes to protocol are made to ensure the safety of our children and to eliminate future traumatic events for all students and families,” the family said in a statement.

The fifth-grader may have gotten separated from the group when he was allowed to go get a drink from a nearby vending machine. The child was by himself for more than an hour, left the park briefly, and then reentered to find a security guard. The child was eventually picked up by his father.

“The safety of our students is our top priority, and unfortunately district procedures were not followed,” the district told WIS in a statement. “The superintendent is taking this incident very seriously and is addressing this issue with the teacher directly.”


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