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Teachers Describe Their Terrible Field Trip Experiences

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Being a teacher can be challenging at the best of times but bringing students to a new location out of their comfort zone presents a whole new set of issues. Oftentimes these field trips come with a few minor bumps but other times there are major problems. On Reddit, teachers are sharing the terrible field trip stories they can't forget.

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    Bus Driver Stopped On Train Tracks As Train Approached

    From Reddit u/meowzapalooza7:

    Our bus driver stopped on train tracks as a train was coming.

    Our bus full of first graders was approaching train tracks as the lights flashed and the gate started to lower. Our driver decided not to stop at the tracks (like any bus should by law) and thought maybe she could beat the lowering arms? She realized she couldn’t and braked ON THE TRACK (the first of two). The gate arms slammed onto our bus, and a man stopped at a red light got out of his car to lift it off my side of the bus. I panicked from the front seat as the incoming train whistled, and the parent chaperones and I screamed at her to MOVE BACK. She kept saying, “I can’t go in reverse.” She had no panic in her voice at all.

    Thankfully, the train came on the second track. I can’t remember if she actually backed up or not; I was absolutely traumatized and spent the beginning of the trip on the phone with transportation. They sent us another driver for the way home, and our original driver sat awkwardly in the front seat. We take the same trip every year, and every year, I cringe when we cross the tracks.

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  • 2

    Student Caused Violence At The Primate Exhibit

    From Reddit u/5thAxiom:

    Fifth grade field trip to a zoo. During a tour of the primate exhibits, a notoriously ill-behaved student hurls a stick down into the gorilla habitat and lands near an adult gorilla. Without hesitation, the now-angry gorilla arms himself with the same stick and sends it back like a tomahawk to the boy with terrifying velocity and wildly impressive precision. The stick shatters around the boy's face and he goes down. Commotion insues.

    More gorillas make an appearance and begin to scream at the group of horrified children. Zoo staff start piling in out of the woodwork to see what's going on. The orangutans on the other side of the trail have now got wind of the situation and have begun mobilizing to assist their gorilla comrades. It's a war on two fronts now. Gorilla and orangutans launch volleys of feces and students scatter. Throughout the entire exibit, all manner of primates begin their intimidating chatter and howling. An army of zoo staff has swarmed the primate exibits and manages to stop War for the Planet of the Apes.

    30 minutes later, the zoo has indefinitely banned the school from returning, and the boy is on the way to the hospital for five stitches in his chin.

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  • 3

    Students Ruined Overnight Trip With Bad Decisions

    From Reddit u/VinnieMcVince:

    I was the senior class adviser. We did our senior trip somewhere where we stayed overnight in a hotel. The school I taught at was not known for well-behaved children.

    First night rolls around. 1 am. Hotel security knocks on my door. "Sir, there is a strong smell of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. We'd appreciate it if you could address it." Great. I get dressed and go out into the hall. The whole corridor of the hotel smells awful, and it's very strong at one particular door. I go knock on the door. Movement, but no answer. I knock again. No answer. This was the first overnight trip in our school's history, and the chaperones are all f*cking p*ssed - we KNEW we couldn't trust them. Silly us. Meanwhile, the kids still aren't answering.

    Fast-forward 20 minutes of knocking. Hotel security breaks down the door. The room smells like Lysol spray, and the three boys are pretending to be asleep. We haul them out of bed - 2 am at this point - grab their things, and another chaperone loads them into their van and drives them the two hours home. Along the way, they each have to call their parents and explain why they need to be picked up at the school at four in the morning.

    The principal decided not to let any of the three walk across the stage at graduation.

    The thing is, we searched bags and had the police bring in a dog before we loaded everything. These three boys, in their wisdom, hired one of their older brothers to meet them at the destination with the drugs and hand them off. The hotel was kind enough not to bill us for the damaged door, as our bill was already substantial.

    All they had to do was not be f*ckheads for one weekend, and they couldn't manage that. And that, folks, is why we can't have nice things.

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  • 4

    Gravitational Force Tested When Student Unbuckled Seatbelt

    From a former Redditor:

    Former assistant teacher here, we were on a sixth grade field trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Cool place.

    At the time, one of the attractions was a sort of centripetal force machine that you can sit in and get swung around (poor explanation but imagine the Gravitron only smaller and faster with seats and no walls. I googled it but can't find the ride, guessing it was swapped out for something else). Well, one dumb*ss kid thought it'd be funny to show off and see what happens when you undo your seat belt while riding.

    Naturally, he got flung out of the machine at roughly half the speed of sound and broke his fall with nothing but his face. Glasses busted, massive concussion, totally wrecked. There was a whole investigation, and the teacher in charge of that kid's group had to actually defend himself from accusations that he could've somehow stopped that level of stupidity. Sadly, I didn't witness it but did hear the impact from one room over. Pretty interesting day.

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