Is The School Responsible for Accidents Happening in School Field Trips
There was a field trip of 1st year college students here in the Philippines ages 15-16 years old. They were taking up Tourism and they had to go to some tourist spots near their school. They had a waiver signed, I guess making the school not responsible for any thing that may happen. parents sign that they allowed their children to attend. Most if not all attended because they were more or less 181 including teachers. The students said that if they did not attend they had to do some project which was harder. And of course if they attend they can enjoy and see tourists spots.
According to witnesses (the other students) A group of 8 or 9 walked ahead crossing the river on a bridge with a tourist guide. Halfway the river suddenly swelled and a strong current rushed by. The water came from the mountains and that has happened a couple of times. They were knocked down and when they tried to stand up another washed them off. When they were walking the water was only 2 feet deep they said. The tourist guide was able to save 2 . But sad to say 6 bodies were recovered and 1 more missing. The family of the missing one said someone called them and said their daughter was n the hospital but this was not yet verified.
Now the families of the victims wants to sue the University but the law yers of the school said they are not responsible because the parents signed a waiver but they have promised to help. But the Board of Education will look into this matter more closely and see if the field trip was necessary for the curriculum .
I feel so sad for the parents and families of the victims. it is kind of scary for trips like this but we really can't do much.
For me I think the school has some responsibilities because the local government said they did not inform them on their second day unlike the first day they informed them where they were going. The mayor said they could have sent more tourist guides with them had they known.
Who ever is responsible, it was a sad day yesterday for the University , it seemed like they were all females who were victims and the 2 saved are traumatized because the 9 were a group of best friends now only 2 left.
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