Investigation into field trip incident continues

MARSHALL – Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Klint Willert said this week that no staff members have been fired in the wake of an April 23 incident in which a 4-year-old boy was left behind after a class field trip to a museum in Brookings, S.D.

Willert also said the school district has consulted with legal counsel to conduct a fact-finding investigation into the incident.

He said results of the investigation will be shared with the Minnesota Department of Education.

The school said Whylly’s absence was noticed about 10 to 15 minutes outside of Marshall. A staff member was sent back to the museum to be with the child until his parents arrived, the school said.

Willert said there 45 children on the trip, accompanied by 23 parents – 20 on the bus and three in separate vehicles – two paraprofessionals and two teachers. Two students, he said, rode home with their parents.

One teacher is on administrative leave, Willert said.

Jackie Whylly, AJ’s mother, made the trip to Brookings with her husband Antoine. AJ was unharmed but hungry, Jackie Whylly said.