PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Nataley Scott was one of the students who was on a field trip to Calfee Park for a baseball game Tuesday. The trip soon turned serious when 23 students were sent to the hospital for heat-related illness.
“It was scary because we had people passing out,” she said.
Nataley Scott and Dylan Wren both go to Auburn Middle School. Students from Pulaski and Montgomery counties were at the baseball field in Pulaski County.
Neither of them were sent to the hospital.
“I mean, I was a little scared because I didn’t want to pass out,” Wren said.
Both students brought up concerns about the trip. They say there was a long line to get a cup of water. They went on to say the back of the bus that transported them to Calfee Park had no air conditioning and they were not allowed to open the windows.
“Basic hydration and basic shelter are two things that – in my opinion – are two things that should never ever be a question on a school-related event,” said Dylan’s father, Alex Wren.
Dylan’s parents say they both understand accidents happen on outings, but they’re upset the school system wasn’t better prepared.
“There are people acting like it’s not a big deal. 23 kids going to the hospital on a school field trip,” said Dylan’s father, Alex Wren. “To me it is a big deal.”
Ashley Cook, Nataley’s mother, says she doesn’t blame the school, but is upset the field trip made her daughter so nervous.
“So we were aware that it was going to be hot, but that hot and that bad for the kids? I didn’t realize that,” Cook said.
All of the students who were transported to the hospital were released Tuesday evening.
WFXR reached out to the school for comment, but a spokesperson has not returned the request. There is no word on whether the parents or the school system will pay for the ambulance rides and hospital visits.