Danville students get lost during fie...

Danville students get lost during field trip

There are 17 comments on the Advocate Messenger story from Mar 16, 2011, titled Danville students get lost during field trip. In it, Advocate Messenger reports that:

Some Danville High School students got more of an adventure than they bargained for when they got separated from a group on a field trip Tuesday to Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge.

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mom of 1

Danville, KY

#1 Mar 16, 2011
I am one of these student's parent. First of all these children did NOT go off the trail and second they did NOT have a teacher's cell phone number. My child was cold and wet by the time she got back to school so how did she go for cover when the rain start. I am very upset that the school school did not call me to let me know that my child was "lost" when it happened or after they got back to school.
disdain

Herne, Germany

#2 Mar 17, 2011
um, it was for a few minutes at the most. Is your child so weak and enervated that he/she can't handle a bit of rain? Being lost for a few minutes doesn't deserve a news headline much less you being "very upset." Good grief, this is what's wrong with schools and children today! Teacher can't do anything, including creative field trips, for fear of being crucified by parents and taken advantage of by irresponsible children. Ugh.
mom of 1

Danville, KY

#3 Mar 17, 2011
These kids were walking for 3 hours. They were told that these so called trails went in a circle but were not told how long they were. Before you start making judgments maybe YOU should get your facts straight. These kids didnt know how much longer this "trail" was and panicked. So dont tell me it was for a few minutes at the most. As for my "irresponsible" child, I bet she has better sense than you. This whole field trip was screwed from the start. They sent home a permission slip stating that the school would provide a bag lunch and then my child calls and say the cafeteria has no clue that they were to send lunches. Then the TEACHER'S were the irresponsible ones by letting these kids go off on their own. I dont care how old they are they have no business allowing them to go off into the woods by themselves. If something inappropriate happened then it would be the teacher's fault and the school's. I really like the schools but i think they need to think some thing over more before planning something like this again. So dont you tell me it is my child's fault.
MissMom

Danville, KY

#4 Mar 17, 2011
Regardless of what happened, I would be livid if I sent my child on a field trip only to find that they were not chaperoned for ANY period of time at ANY age! A school activity should be treated as school and students should at all times be in the company of an authority figure!
mom of 1

Danville, KY

#5 Mar 17, 2011
That is exactly my point. These kids should have had an adult if they were to go exploring. I am just upset that the principle basically lied to save face and made my child the the other three look like complete morons and that the paper printed it without asking the people that it happened to the exact details.
what

United States

#6 Mar 17, 2011
wow thats really bad on the schools part but you shouldent have trusted the school so much. I dont and I am a parent of three ages ranging from 17-12
I make sure I know what I am sending my kids to when they have a trip of any kind as well as supplys to take with them if they need any.
omg

London, KY

#7 Mar 18, 2011
this is crazy! it's the refuge...not the redwood forest! omg, if you had any kind of connection with your community you would know that the refuge is an awesome place to learn and explore. I'm sorry if your kids are not responsible enough to hand this type of outing. I'm also sorry that you, as parents, didn't do your research on the place where you were sending your child to. Instead you leave it up to the teachers to do everything and then blame them when it goes wrong. Accidents happen, mistakes happen. this is why people don't want to teach anymore. all the blame is on the teachers and the poor little kids are chalked up to being too young or irresponsible. at that age, they should know how to handle those situations. maybe parents should take an active roll and get their kids away from tv, ipod, and phone. actually take them out into life and teach them reality!
mom of 1

Danville, KY

#8 Mar 18, 2011
I do teach my kid responsibility. She is more responsible than most adults I know. I understand that accidents happen but when the "adults" in charge is at fault then they need to own up to it. I would assume that since the school planned this outing i assumed they would be responsible enough to handle it and not lie right out to save their butts but i guess i assumed wrong. But then again some teachers are more interested in talking amongst themselves than to pay attention to their classes. They are just lucky that my child or the other three were not harmed while in their care cause i am sure a law suit would be filed. if you take a group of students off school property then you need to be prepared for anything.
Mom

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Mar 18, 2011
mom of 1 wrote:
I do teach my kid responsibility. She is more responsible than most adults I know. I understand that accidents happen but when the "adults" in charge is at fault then they need to own up to it. I would assume that since the school planned this outing i assumed they would be responsible enough to handle it and not lie right out to save their butts but i guess i assumed wrong. But then again some

teachers are more interested in talking
amongst themselves than to pay attention to
their classes. They are just lucky that my
child or the other three were not harmed
while in their care cause i am sure a law suit
would be filed. if you take a group of
students off school property then you need to
be prepared for anything.
Yes the teacher should be held responsible. Teenager or not they were in " their " care!! I've been out there. You can get lost or turned around! So I agree with you! Teachers aren't teachers anymore at all. It's all about what you can do to get out of teaching. But thankfully Dept Stith knew the trails really well & lead the fire Dept to exactly to where they were.
mack

Elkhorn City, KY

#10 Mar 18, 2011
I grew up near there and I could find my way out in the dark and rain walking backward. Its a shame that we have let our kids spend so much time on x-box that they can't find there way along a clearly demarked trail. Hell as a kid we would have shot a mess of squirrels and built a bonfire and cooked em up.
sorry

London, KY

#11 Mar 20, 2011
your kids are stupid you might want to chain them up so they wont get lost in walmart either
krzy world

Richmond, KY

#12 Mar 21, 2011
i wouldnt be so worried about my kid being lost for a short time as i would another kid leading them off to beat em in th head with a rock and then find out they had major issues on facebook and end up as the headline on the newspaper. if i lose my own kid for a short time the police and social services would probably crucify me..........
Seriously

Danville, KY

#13 Apr 2, 2011
These kids need to take the blame for wandering off in the first place! They probably snuck out to smoke a cigarette or a joint, because Lord knows that is what most of these kids are doing these days. I am 19 years old, a graduate of DHS, and I find it awful that the schools are being put on all the blame when the kids are just as much at fault. Parents needs to know how to properly discipline their children and teach them how to be responsible instead of letting them sit in front of a TV all afternoon, and hang around with all their buddies doing God knows what while the parents sit around and think that their little child is a perfect little angel. Hate to tell you mommy, but I guarantee your child isn't.
ppl are real mature

Winchester, KY

#14 Apr 2, 2011
mack wrote:
I grew up near there and I could find my way out in the dark and rain walking backward. Its a shame that we have let our kids spend so much time on x-box that they can't find there way along a clearly demarked trail. Hell as a kid we would have shot a mess of squirrels and built a bonfire and cooked em up.
no it's not ashamed! just because these kids play a lil x-box or something dosn't mean they should be wilderness experts! god whats wrong with you? yes its bull crap that the school let those children wounder off alone! they should have more authority than that!! and how are a bunch of children gonna find there way out of a de-marked trail, that they have no clue how long it is. or where there even at! so before you go judgeing the parents that get upset sence the dumb school has no clue where the children are or what they are doing, you need to reconize because if i was a parent i would be pretty upset to!! and just because your some wilderness freek dosn't mean those children should be. god where was you raised a barn?
ppl are real mature

Winchester, KY

#15 Apr 2, 2011
sorry wrote:
your kids are stupid you might want to chain them up so they wont get lost in walmart either
you must be real smart to be callin children stupid! gahh how old are you 5?
lol

Danville, KY

#16 Apr 6, 2011
Mom of 1, either switch schools, sue, or get over it, because topix forum is just going to get you and ur child flamed for being retarded
Mom of 3

Ashland, PA

#17 Jan 29, 2013
The parents of the lost children have every right to be upset. I am from another state but we have something called PPL Montour Reserve which sounds very similar to your Wildlife Refuge. My husband and I often take our children to Montour Reserve to hike the trails but there was an incident where we as adults who have been to Montour Preserve several times growing up became lost on the trails with our children. Luckily we had packed our jogging stroller with drinks, extra clothes, blankets and snacks because we were attempting to take the trail that winds around the lake but because all the trails have weird names when we came to a fork in the path we tried our best to go "straight" and stay near the water so we would end up where we started but we made a wrong turn somewhere. It started to get dark and we were getting exhausted trying to find our way back. We finally found our way to a nearby road and walked to the nearest house. The people there were nice enough to drive us the 7 miles back to our car.

We are adults but I'm not ashamed to say we got lost. It doesn't matter how old you are, or how prepared you think you are, accidents happen.

The school should have made sure that their were enough adults accompanying the children on their field trip so that children we not left to explore on their own and children should have stayed within view of an adult in their group.

But like I said even adults make mistakes and accidents happen.

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