Students abandoned by buses, forced to walk back from field trip

Students abandoned by buses, forced to walk back from field trip (Image 1)

A field trip to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville turned into a hike down Murfreesboro Pike for around 200 high school students.

The group of music students from the Nashville School of the Arts was on a field trip to see Ben Folds perform at the Schermerhorn Friday afternoon.

On the way back to the school, the students were dropped off at the McDonald's on Murfreesboro Pike to get a late lunch.

However, while the students were eating, the buses took off.

Because the event at the Schermerhorn ran long, bus drivers had to leave and pick up students at another school for the ride home.

A decision was made by teachers and school officials to walk the rest of the way to school.

MNPS officials said the half-mile walk is well within the “walk zone,” as stated in the policy guide.

But by News 2's calculations, the walk was closer to 8/10 of a mile and included crossing a busy intersection to Foster Avenue, where the sidewalk is not complete.  

Sophomore Angela Onan wasn't thrilled about the walk.

“We were walking on the sidewalk, cars were passing us. It was a bit dangerous, but it was okay,” Onan said as her mother picked her up after school Friday. “It was not fun.”

Several teachers and a school resource officer escorted the students back to the school.

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