A furious mother is demanding answers after her young son was left behind on a school holiday program excursion to a public pool.
Stephanie Pita’s son, Shane, 5, was stranded at the Parakai Springs pool near Auckland for more than an hour after staff from a school holiday program left without him.
Shane was having fun on a bouncing castle when he saw the bus leave without him.
No one realised Shane was missing until his grandmother went to pick him up, shares Daily Mail.
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‘My son got left behind at Parakai pools today with the school holiday program he attended,’ Ms Pita posted on Facebook on Friday.
‘They did not notice him missing till my mother in-law went to pick the mokos up and notice my son wasn’t there. They did not know my son wasn’t on the bus. They did not do a number check. My son was terrified.’
She was at her father’s hospital bedside more than 600 kilometres away in Wellington when she got the call her little boy was missing.
‘It’s the worst call you can get, being told ‘we can’t find your child’,’ Ms Pita told Stuff.
‘It really makes my blood boil that they had no idea he was missing at all. He was near water, anything could have happened.’
While program organisers have since apologised, it’s not enough for Ms Pita.
‘We shouldn’t have to go through this,’ she wrote to an organiser on Facebook.
‘Nor do we want any other child/family to experience something so scary.’
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