OKLAHOMA CITY – Some parents are upset because their children were left behind after a camp excursion.
“It just makes me very upset knowing I left my child’s life in someone else’s hands and this happened,” Dashaura Allen said.
She said the people who were supposed to be watching her children failed miserably.
Her 8-year-old son was one of seven children left behind at the zoo during a field trip with a local church’s summer camp.
“Our teacher said she was going to load up the bus and then she was going to come back but she never end up coming back,” her son said.
After waiting about 30 minutes, the kids flagged down an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputy for help.
That deputy immediately called parents and the church.
Around the same time, which was about an hour later the church group realized they had missing children.
“I feel like even though the person thought that someone else was going get the kids, before she drove off she should have made sure those people were there,” Allen said.
The field trip included about 100 kids, which raises questions about how those children are cared for at the summer camp.
“I want to know if they watch the kids at the camp,” she said. “How are they with the children?”
Allen filed an incident report with the sheriff’s office.
We intentionally did not include the name of the church because we were not able to reach them after hours but we expect to follow up with them and get their perspective Thursday.
Zoo officials said they have several actions plans in place to handle situations like this.