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California teen on field trip to San Francisco lucky to be alive.

While I was taking a break I saw this article and immediately thought about the conversation the Superintendent of the school district had with the school board's attorney after this happened.  Seems that a 17 year old student jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge while he was on a field trip with his class.  Officials don't believe that the child was attempting suicide but that he was "urged" to jump by his fellow classmates.  The article states that the 220 foot fall kills 98 percent of people that jump.  This child made it with a few bruises and scrapes.  While I am very happy that the child seems to be doing well, I can't help but think about the liability issues for the school system if this had turned out differently.  Trust me, I have had more than my fair share of calls froms school personnel about bad things that happened on a field trip, but nothing like this.  I don't even know what advice I would give if I got this call.  However, I can tell you that my first question would be "where were the chaperones for this trip when this happened?"  I sincerely hope that the teachers and/or parents on this trip with the students were alert and paying attention to the children and just couldn't do anything to stop him from making this decision.  If they were standing around taking in the scenery themselves and were not paying attention to the children this could be a problem for them.  Let us know what you think about this and what you would do if you were there or you received this call as a school administrator. 

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 by Registered CommenterSam Jackson | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

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