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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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69 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Parents say son sent home from overseas school trip left alone by chaperones"

Cindy Kent
2015 years 10 months ago

Expelling a kid for purchasing alcohol for an entire year… glad you do not have any influence over decisions for teenagers! That’s great decision making! Intelligent. Robert makes a bad decision and I need to stay off my back… you got to be joking! You must not have any children or if you do, then you too must be a horible parent because kids are going to make bad decisions .. period!

Cindy Kent
2015 years 10 months ago

Detect a little jeolousy…. some of us don’t have to work because of early life decisions we responsibly made… too bad for you… keep working!

Cindy Kent
2015 years 10 months ago

It is a fact that the teachers and students purchased and brought alcohol back from Paris last year! In a meeting with the school, it was openly admitted by Assistant Principal, Mr. McDuffy, that alcohol was purchased and brought back…so much as some wine got busted in suitcases! Brunswick County School has done their investigation and have taken action in that regards. Interesting how it was okay last year by the same teachers but not okay this year….. but that still doesn’t negate that Robert was wrong. They just handled it all wrong.

Cindy Kent
2015 years 10 months ago

Teachers allowing and assisting students to bring alcohol back to the states last year is a crime! Yes, Lee does know better. You just don’t have all the facts and are ignorant for making a judgment without them!

Beach Bum
2015 years 10 months ago

Another example of bad parenting. This knucklehead thought it would be cool to buy alcohol in a foreign country while on a school trip. We already can see where this is going.

Expell the kid and make him repeat the entire school year over, make the parents reimburse the school system the cost of the trip including airfare and perhaps, just maybe, parents will get the message.


Terrible just terrible parenting…


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