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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The family of a Brunswick County high school senior says he was left to fend for himself after he got in trouble on a trip to Spain. Now the family is searching for answers, and they say they want the chaperones held accountable.

“If I would have known what I know now, I would have never sent my son,” Cindy Kent said.

Kent says her 17-year-old son Robert was sent home early from Spain after he bought alcohol on the school trip. She says she knows he was wrong, but she says the chaperones handled the situation inappropriately.

“We got a phone call from the assistant principal, Mr. McDuffie of South Brunswick High School, and Ms. Garza stating that he would be taken to the airport and he was going to be on his own at the point,” Cindy said.

After that phone call, the Kents arranged for an airline escort to meet their son. Robert had never been out of the country, and the trip to Spain was his first time on a plane.

“I couldn’t believe that this was supposed to be a responsible adult was telling me that he is just relinquishing all responsibility at the airport in Madrid, Spain, in a foreign country,” Robert’s dad Lee Kent said.

Now, the family says they want answers from the school system.

In a statement, Brunswick County Schools said, “The student remained chaperoned and under supervision of responsible adults during the entire return trip.”

The Kents say their son was only cared for because they took extra precautions from across the ocean.

“I just think it’s outrageous, just so over the top, so irresponsible of the people that we put our faith into,” he said. “It’s just unbelievable.”

Originally Robert was going to be suspended from school. Instead, administrators decided he’d been punished enough.

At this point, none of the chaperones have been disciplined by the school.

The Kents say they are planning on talking to the district attorney about filing charges.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Sorry Cindy. You can’t have it both ways.

2016 years 2 months ago

Grand you have to love it seem life is one big circle of circumstances.

Grand Ole Party
2016 years 2 months ago

Of course he is being sarcastic, did you not read the whole post?

2016 years 2 months ago

you do realize that before the kids left for the trip they had to sign a contract saying that if they broke any school rules they would be sent back on their own to the US. One would think that if you have to senior year you would be smart enough… but of course not the case with this boy in question. so what do you mean about the school stepping up the game? if the parents are that responsible they would have trained their son right and he would have respected the laws of Spain.
Sorry about your sickness…… Read more »

Das Weibstück
2016 years 2 months ago

If my son pulled this crap overseas I would have smacked him silly all the way home from the airport. He would have then written an apology to the school and apologized in person.

This boy is spoiled rotten and he will suffer from it his entire life.

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