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Teachers Describe Their Terrible Field Trip Experiences

List RulesVote up the stories of the most terrible field trips.

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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    297 VOTES

    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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    183 VOTES

    Student Had Massive Asthma Attack

    From Reddit u/baldtigger:

    I had a child have a massive asthma attack after a visit to a farm and a cotton gin. I ended up giving her mouth-to-mouth on the side of the road and praying for an ambulance.

    She was fine after a couple breathing treatments and some steroids, thank goodness. This was before cell phones were common, and we had to use the call box on the side of the highway. 10/10 would not repeat!

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    183 VOTES

    Ice Skating Led To A Face Full Of Stitches

    From Reddit u/ellieellieoxenfree:

    We went skating, and one of the students fell, smacked her chin off the ice, and somehow got a skate blade to the face... She needed a bunch of stitches, and was able to stick her tongue through the hole in her face.

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    157 VOTES

    Most Students Ended Up Sick On Week-Long Trip

    From Reddit u/aussielearn:

    Was on a week-long camp. About 80% of the students got really sick. Throwing up, fevers, diarrhea, the works. I remember trying to sleep, and every 30 minutes or so, a new student would knock on my cabin door asking for more medication or another sick bag. These were seventh grade students, and this was the longest they had been away from home.

    We went to Parliament House and literally had students sleeping and throwing up in little back rooms whilst the few healthy/not-as-sick students completed the tour.

    Terrible field trip?