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.

‘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.’

Poor little man. Share your comments below

  • wow I’d be furious too. Surely it’s policy to count numbers before leaving on the bus. I’m guessing the staff will be severely reprimanded or lose their jobs.


  • That is inexcusable. There should have been a roll call from the school. Simply disgraceful.


  • Highly irresponsible. Parents pay exorbitant amounts for these programs to ensure their children are well cared for. I’d be seeking legal action, sorry just isn’t good enough!


  • How on earth does this happen? Do you not check the school/bus/class roll and tick off every child as they get on the bus? This is disgraceful and would have been so frightening for the family. Thank God there was a good result and he was just left behind. Thank God nothing else happened as a result of him being left behind. That poor child.


  • This is so bad. They should have checked that all kids were there before going away with the bus. I can imagine how scared the mother was!! And the boy left behind of course!!


  • That is just terrible.. poor little man and it would have been horrific for the family. I understand why an apology was not enough.


  • It must of been very upsetting for the young boy,no excuse!


  • Shane must have been terrified. Anything could have happened to him. The school needs to change their policy when taking kids on excursions. Just glad he got home safe and sound in the end


  • This is what roll calls are for. Its should be number 1 priority. If this happened too me id lose trust in that school.


  • How bloody hard is it to do a roll call on the bus? They should be shut down.


  • A huge error ! This shouldn’t have happened. I can imagine a simple apologise isn’t enough. He was near water and anything could have happened indeed. Thank God he is ok !!


  • Wow I would be angry too


  • Terrible for the family to go through.


  • Poor boy. I thought it was a must to do head counts or the buddy system

    • It would appear processes and procedures need to be reviewed!


  • How can this happen?? I shudder to think of all the possibilities of what could have happened to him, thankfully he is fine.


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