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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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poor little guy

And charges should be brought against the kid for having alcohol with him. Under age possession, etc. I would have sent the punk home, too. It's a shame the mommie and daddy are going to make such an issue because their baby was sent home. By the way, I fly all the time and he could have made it home with his eyes closed. If he couldn't figure it out all he has to do is mention it to ANY PERSON working with the airlines. They would have been more than happy to help him. Poor little guy. . sniff sniff

I was there.

I was in the parent meeting the week before the trip. We were told, if your child buys alcohol they will be escorted to the airport and put on a plane. They are then your responsibility. The kid should've listened and apparently the parents didn't pay attention either.

I was there too!

Yes we were told.... THEY WOULD BE ESCORTED TO THE AIRPORT AND PUT ON A PLANE... not dropped off at the airport in a Foreign country! So we did pay attention.... apparently they didn't! What would of happened if the plane was delayed etc. As per the contract, it was their responsibility to see that he got ON THE PLANE, then he was on his own! That would have been agreeable! And what didn't get aired why was he treated differently than the kids and teachers who purchased alcohol in Paris and why was it OKAY for a teacher this year to purchase alcohol on a school funtion. Always more to the story... I appreciate your support .. one parent to another.... except I don't hide behind a generic name. I am Robert Kent's Mother!

One crazy lady.

One crazy lady.


Underage Precious buys alcohol while on a school sponsored trip and is disciplined / you were notified, he was taken to the airport and placed on the plane for return home. At what point did the 17 year old boy become at risk ? If she knew now that her son would buy alcohol and behave badly, she would not have sent her precious, wow such an intelligent statement. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for precious, he messed up, he's lucky they did not suspend him.

Student Trip to Spain

It looks like another great example of avoiding personal responsibility. The student broke the rules and the parents want to blame the chaperones and look into legal action. I asssume that the student had some reasonable amount of intelligence which is probably a big assumption. But, assuming this is all attributed to immaturity, it is not difficult to find your gate number and board a plane to the US at an international airport. If this was overwhelming to him and disturbing to you please do not let him get a drivers license and you may want to sign him up for remedial education or lifeskills. btw, do you let him out of the house
or do you chaperone him?

I got your answer...

"I just think it's outrageous, just so over the top, so irresponsible" that you would blame anyone other than your ignorant son. Always someone else's fault. If he is a senior in high school and can't figure out how to get on a plane bound for the U.S. I suggest you don't let him leave Brunswick county again.


Stop babying him. If he can be man enough to buy booze he can fly alone.

Where are the parents in

Where are the parents in this situations. Their student was buying alcohol and they are concerned about him being sent home. Come on parents step up to the plate and handle your child. I would think that a 17 year old could get on a plane by himself.