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

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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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Yes we are lucky

Yes if something would of happened to our son, there would be a whole diffent situation! IT IS NOT OUR FAULT HE MADE A BAD DECISION -- ARE YOU STUPID OR JUST STUPID! And sendng your 10 year old ALONE on a airplane says it all!


You are validating what they are saying....geez! STOP CINDY!

17 year old sent home

Well at least the district attorney will get a good laugh. Mommy put your son's hand down and walk away.

He is just shy of being an adult!

I flew by myself under the age of 10 several times. He is almost old enough to drink alcohol, so he's way old enough to fly, not to mention once he's on the plane, he's under the supervision of the flight crew. The problem to me seems the extreme punishment for possession of a small amount of alcohol I'm sure it would have been a better learning moment if he had been admonished and allowed to continue on the trip his parents paid for if he agreed not to break any more rules. Now the parents (and he) are at odds with the school which is not a good ending to the story.


Ahhh so you are one of THOSE parents.


And i suppose the fact the child bought alcohol underage doesn't matter in the slightest bit to his parents. They are correct it is "outrageous and unbelievable" that their Junior would be expected to play by the rules like everyone else. Give me a break. He knew what the rules were before going on the trip and so did the parents. He broke the rules and now he and his parents are learning about a little thing called "CONSEQUENCES." Consequences are what happens when you break rules. Both the parents and Junior need to accept responsibility for the fact HE CHOSE to break the rules. NOW He needs to ACCEPT the punishment for HIS ACTIONS!

they should suspend him if

they should suspend him if he has anytime left at that school this year or the start next year.his parents and this little snobby punk knew the rules, now deal with it!! pop the nipple out of his mouth and make him grow up! we have military teenagers fighting in wars now and you want to complain about your son that was escorted home with an adult and you want to whine after you knew the rules and i guess signed off for him to go? blame him , yourselves and not the school system. by the way, you will be the laughing stock of your community . you should have seen your little whiny selves on TV last night. make him grow up and yourselves why you are at it!!!!!!

This kid will never make it

Seems like mommy is treating her son like a 5 year-old. A 17 year-old needs an escort to return home on a plane? This kid will never make it in the real world.


Since your child is so grown that he had alcohol before the age then he is grown enough to come home on a plane by himself. He is 17 or 18 come on going to college next year...Quit babying him!!!!!!!

The boy is 17 not 7, but I

The boy is 17 not 7, but I guess the parents haven't grown up yet so maybe the kid does have the mentality of a 7 year old. Instead of whining the parents need to grow up and worry about why he was buying alcohol and not worrying about how he was sent home.

This made my roll my

This made my roll my eyes...I bet these parents are the kind who will be calling into their son's place of employment ten years from now when he has the sniffles. All that happened to their son is a natural consequence to his actions. Being sent home, being left alone at the airport, is fitting. Were the others suppose to halt the trip just because he decided to break the rules? Were the other students suppose to go without a needed chaperone on the streets of a foreign country because this guy couldn't handle being safe and sound in an airport? My word, it is not like he was left on a back alley and forced to catch a cab. If I were the parent, I would be happy that the consequence was as uncomfortable as possible. But I am guessing that discipline isn't too high on these parents' priority list. Also, he is eighteen! Isn't it about time he grew-up?

Take responsibility for his

Take responsibility for his actions parent and stop crying. Always wanting to focus the attention on someone else when our on pot is black.


Anyone who thinks that a seventeen year-old is too young to travel by himself has a screw loose.

We have truly become a nation of over-protective, over-reacting Chicken Littles.

Of course, none of this would have arisen had junior not felt compelled to bring booze along on the trip....


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.

your an idiot

Ok comment number one he bought alcohol in Spain.
Number two there is no legal drinking age in spain.
That means u can be any age to purchase alcohol so do Ur self a favor along with all the morons commenting on this storyand shut up k Shanks.:)


Spain...."It is illegal to sell alcohol to people under 18, the fine being between €30,000 and €600,000.Stores are not allowed to sell alcohol between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m after a recent law was passed."

Try again moron. Oh and its "you're an idiot", idiot.

Actually you're an idiot...

It's not YOUR an idiot but rather YOU'RE an idiot. Carry that a@@ back to school and let the adults have a conversation.

you're an idiot

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

My mom was the same way with

My mom was the same way with me. Every time I broke a rule, or got arrested, she was blaming the teachers, or the cops, but never me. She even pulled a few lawsuits, and capitolized on the situation.

I am now 40. I have been in prison three times, and have never worked a day in my life. I still live with her. Seeing the Kent's , it makes me feel good to know we still have parents like my mom.

I cannot agree with the

I cannot agree with the Kent's more. "It's just unbelievable."

Your son broke the rules, and he was sent home. Either this is just a play to squeeze money from the school system, or you are the two most pathetic parents in NC.

If ths second point is true, then I hope you enjoy standing up for your poor little boy, 10 years from now, when he still hasn't grown up a a bit, and is still breaking the rules, and you are still blaming everyone, but him.

In a manner of speaking, I feel very sorry for this young man.

This horrifies me. To think

This horrifies me. To think they would leave a 17 year old boy on a plane, all by himself, all the way from Spain. I'm just glad he's safe, and I hope we can get him therapy, and the school system will step up better. And pay off for this horrible nightmare, mistake

This makes me sick. 60 years ago, we were sending our precious 17 year olds to Normandy Beach, to kill our countries enemies, and defend us. They became men, real fast. And we are very proud of them.

Today, we have grown men, who demand that they be given everything, and expect to be taken care of. No wonder we are falling apart. So what if he purchased liquor. I'm so glad moma's attacking the school, and standing up for her poor little baby.

This is sarcasm ryt?

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... go see a pharmacist
best of luck!

Home Alone 4

Dr Phil would agree with me that this situation was handled wrong. It may not be his fault, that he chose not to obey the rules. Maybe he was expressing his inner self.

Instead of striking at him, and hurting him, they should have been more positive. They should have "reminded" him of the rules. And maybe threaten to inform his parents. They overreacted by using the outdated means of 'Direct Punishment'.

I hope they fire every school employee involved in this incident. I hope the District Attorney, and the Spanish officals arrest and lock up, the horrible adults, who would leave this poor boy, alone, on a plane to "fend himself".

I hope he will get therapy, and realize how proud we are that he bravely flew alone. All by himself. I'm sick of these stupid Christians, trying to hold people accountable. Dr Phil is a much more groovy guy then Billy Graham. I hope his New Age parents sue the school for millions of dollars.

Maybe we can make a TV documentory, or even a movie, about this terrible incident.

Do you really have to ask?

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


PA.....I seriously hope this is sarcasm coming from you....or you have flat out lost your mind

Aassistant principal, Mr. McDuffie and Mrs Garza...

spokespersons for home schooling, have been notified the "Brunswick County school system" will soon be renamed the "Kent school system"... once the law suit is complete. We are all learning a lot from the local public school system, aren't we kids?

This kid got off easy and

This kid got off easy and his parents are crazy for thinking they should get answers. Maybe if they would of raised their kid right none of this would have happened. Just another case of irresponsible parents blaming someone else. Ive seen this punks name in the paper for bad things before. Since the parents didn't have control of their child maybe they shouldnt have let him go to a FOREIGN COUNTRY!

Is this the same Robert Kent

Is this the same Robert Kent who seems to like to break into cars in Brunswick County?

Yes, yes it is.

Yes, yes it is.

If the parents are so fired

If the parents are so fired up for charges the son should also be charges for any alcohol crimes he involved himself in. But, all this happened in Spain, wouldn't they have to press charges in Spain? Give it a rest parents, they didn't throw him out of a moving car. Why should one of the grown ups cut their trip short to take home someone who couldn't follow the rules. Good for the school not putting up with someone who didn't take their rules seriously.