3-year-old left behind at RodeoHouston on preschool field trip

Posted at 9:22 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 10:24:38-04

HOUSTON, TX — A 3-year-old was left behind while on a field trip to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Kelsey Williams told KTRK that her son, Karter, is in the Head Start program at Thompson Elementary. Last Friday while on a field trip to the rodeo, he was separated from his class and left behind by his teacher, the mother said.

A rodeo visitor found Karter and connected him with another class from the school, and he was able to ride back with them.

However, Williams learned of the incident on Monday.

She told KTRK that the teacher's actions were "careless" and "irresponsible" and said Karter should have never been on that field trip in the first place. Williams says a teacher's aide signed the permission slip.

The school principal, not Karter's teacher, was the one who notified Williams of the mishap. Tuesday, she met with a HISD parent liaison. She thinks the incident should cost the teacher her job.