Parents place their trust in many people as their children grow. The groups of people parents trust most are probably teachers and school officials. This may be especially true as children get older and participate in events away from home. When New York schools sponsor trips and provide chaperones, parents often feel nervous about letting their children go, but they realize it is part of growing up and rely on chaperones to keep their children safe. They may never expect it to lead to a wrongful death claim.
One mother in another state is likely regretting her decision to trust the chaperones assigned to accompany her son and 31 other students on a school sponsored trip to Belize. The students were visiting Belize for their international studies class, and part of the trip included a visit to the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The 14-year-old's mother had gotten him a head-mounted camera to record his experiences, never imagining the camera would capture the last moments of his life.