San Marcos pre-K promises tighter rules after losing child on field trip

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A pre-kindergarten school in San Marcos is promising to tighten its safety protocols after recently leaving behind a 4-year-old child during a field trip to Landa Park in New Braunfels. School officials at Bonham pre-K say safety is always their first concern and that steps will be taken to tighten travel rules. Ricky was having a blast during the first field trip of his life March 12, until the teacher miscounted the number of kids on the bus and left the park with 15 children, not 16. His mom received a call from the school a short time later.

“They said they were sorry to tell me my son was lost,” she said. “That he was left at the park. I started crying; I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.'”

Fortunately, a family saw Ricky playing with their kids and called New Braunfels police.

“I thanked God so much that he was OK,” his mom said after getting a call from police.

Bonham Principal Rosemary Garza maintains good procedures are in place for field trips but that in the future there will be more chaperones, numerous roll calls throughout the day and a seating chart for the school bus driver. But that may not be enough to satisfy Ricky’s mom.

“It was their responsibility to make sure they had all the kids,” she said. “I don’t know how this could happen.”

Ricky will be allowed to go on the school’s next field trip, but “I will be along,” his mom said with a smile. “I will participate on every field trip. I just can’t let him go by himself.”

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