Thomas, Praml were on the field trip

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM.

A statement issued Friday by Craven County Schools indicated the field trip met system policies for having instructional objectives that fit into the instructional program and received approval from the Craven County Board of Education.

Permission slips were required to be signed by parents or guardians for students to make the trip, and according to the release, the field trip request from Havelock High to the district as well as the parent permission slips did not indicate that swimming or entering the water would be part of the day’s activities.

But one student on the trip in a post on the Havelock News website indicated that swimming was part of the day.

“We all knew we were going swimming,” student Alfonzo Martinez posted. “We wrote it down on the permission slips. Nearly everyone brought bathing suits, the beach was a planned part of the trip.”

Wagner said Monday that the school system was standing by its statement in last week’s press release that swimming was not listed on the permission slip. She refused to provide a copy of the permission slip to the Havelock News, saying the slips had private student information. When asked to provide a copy with student information blacked out, Wagner again refused.

Students who were on the field trip and others have posted messages of support for Poole through Facebook and the Havelock News website, and have credited those at the beach for taking action to help rescue him.

“Teamwork was put into action,” senior Tatiana Adkins posted last week. “If it wasn’t for some of the students and the two teachers that were with us, it would (have) been a lot worse. Right now we shouldn’t focus on the could of, should of, and would ofs but on the fact that we all should be praying and never losing hope.”

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