A South Carolina teacher is at the center of controversy after a fifth grader is left behind on a field trip.
Sumter School District told WIS that students went to Carowinds Amusement Park last week and that one fifth grader was accidentally left behind.
The park is about two hours away from the school.
One parent of a first grader told WIS that she didn't fault the staff, but the process.
The district released a statement saying, "The safety of our students is our top priority, and unfortunately district procedures were not followed."
A spokesperson for the child's family told WIS that the teacher did a head-count before students got on the bus, but not after. They also said the student in question was separated when he was permitted to get a drink. WIS reported the child was alone for more than an hour and left the park for a time. He reentered to find a security guard. The family spokesperson said he was picked up by his father that evening.
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