Family Questions Teacher Leaving Student Alone On Trip

A Falls City, Nebraska family is questioning the school discipline of a teacher regarding an out-of-town trip with their daughter.

In her audition, 17-year-old Anastasia Finner showed the judges her talents on the flute. Back in February, it got her a weekend trip with other young musicians around the state for honors band in Omaha. She was the only student from Falls City to attend.

“We left school on Friday, got to Omaha and then he said he would be back in the morning. Her only chaperone was a first-year male teacher at Falls City who left her in Omaha overnight while he went back home, two hours away. “I had to take a taxi from UNO back to the hotel. Then I found out I had to take a taxi from the hotel back to the honor band.”

Anastasia's mother Tomasina Stevens couldn't make the trip. “To drop her off there, she's taking a taxi around. She's unattended. I love Omaha and used to live in Omaha, but still she's my daughter and his student. It didn't represent Falls City School district well at all.”

What's the reaction from Falls City Schools? The superintendent said the teacher in question was in school teaching Thursday and he couldn’t get into specifics because it's a personnel issue, but the superintendent said Falls City Schools has high standards and would not continue to employ someone who doesn't have meet those standards.

“It put her in jeopardy," said Stevens. The family was looking for harsher punishment than a formal reprimand and a list of things the teacher can improve on, like having another adult along for out-of-town trips.

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