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2 Bellevue students left behind on field trip

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-13 00:25:30-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A Bellevue mother tells us she's not satisfied with the school's response after her daughter and another child were left behind during a field trip to the Omaha Children's Museum. She is thankful for the museum's response.

Hollee Puryear's 5-year-old daughter, Reese, is enrolled in the Kid's Time summer program through Bellevue Elementary.

On Monday, the students went to Omaha Children's Museum. One of the buses broke down, according to Puryear, so 12 of the students and two adults were waiting for a replacement bus. When that bus came, two children did not make it on.

Puryear doesn't know how long it was until the museum noticed them. The kids were okay and the museum gave them stuffed animals and made sure they were safe. Puryear says the museum told her they couldn't reach anyone with the school until they called a number on the back of Reese's shirt.

"We're very lucky that nothing bad happened to her, and I stay up and haven't had much sleep lately thinking about all the what-ifs, and I know that's not good for me," Puryear said.

She says the Bellevue schools superintendent told her it was 100% the district's fault, and they would address policies and procedures.

The district would only tell 3 News Now that they're working with the two families. Puryear, however, says they haven't heard what action, if any, will be taken against the adults in charge.

She says she wants some reassurance that something like this won't happen again. "If you're responsible for kids, and you take them off the property, the first thing you do is you make sure you leave with the same amount of number you came with."