Body of 2nd 4th-Grader on Deadly Field Trip Found
Boy had been missing since yesterday's mudslide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
In this May 22 photo, rescue personnel work near the scene of a rockslide in St. Paul, Minn.   (Nicole Norfleet)

(Newser) – The body of a boy missing since a rockslide killed a classmate and left two others injured at a Minnesota park yesterday was recovered today. St. Paul's assistant fire chief says crews found the body late in the morning after they came up with a plan for resuming the search safely. One of the students who was injured in the slide remains in serious condition; the other was treated and released.

The boy had been missing since rain-saturated soil gave way yesterday afternoon as fourth-graders from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park hunted for fossils on a path in Lilydale Regional Park. (Sad detail: The Star Tribune notes that the child whose body was recovered today "liked geology," per his uncle.) Partly for safety reasons, the city requires permits for fossil-hunting at the park, and requires applicants to sign a waiver releasing the city from any liability for injuries or property damage. The park department's permit website and the application form also warn of conditions that may be "hazardous."

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May 24, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
People love adventure and risk as long as there is someone who will be at fault if something happens. It isn't so much the legal system as it is a few individuals who make up the system who opened the flood gates.
May 24, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
I live near the area and when I heard about this incident it was hard to imagine why the adults in charge of this trip would allow it on such a rainy day. That day I was off work and wanted to get outside to do outdoor chores. It just kept raining with no let up. I suppose the adults didn't want to be adults and disappoint the kids by making an adult decision.
May 23, 2013 11:53 PM CDT
Here is a perfect example to remind all parents to be involved in their child's education. Granted accidents happen- however an involved parent who may have walked the trail a day or two before before the actual trip may have spotted soft loose ground- areas that may have been cautioned against. Parents! Be involved- do not expect your child's teacher to completely hold your child's future in their hand. My son was in high school and I still was (distantly) involved in a class camping trip. I called the rangers- and asked how and what plans they had for a rescue. It was my being involved in asking what plans do you have in an emergency- that brought the teacher's attention to that they did not have a solid plan in an emergency. However there was an emergency- and it was my son who was the "runner" and ran with a teacher several miles in the dark back to the base camp parking area to show the rangers where to find and rescue someone who had been hurt during the camping trip.