Nicole Suriel was a sixth-grade student at Columbia Secondary School in Harlem. Only three chaperones -- two teachers and an undergraduate intern -- escorted Suriel and 23 fellow students to the beach Tuesday. There were NO lifeguards on duty.
According to the New York Times, there were signs at every entrance stating that no lifeguards were on duty and that swimming was prohibited. Although the water looked calm on Tuesday, there was a rip current. A teacher tried to save the girl but had to be rescued herself.
Suriel's parents also say they never signed a permission slip for her to swim on the field trip. Nicole Suriel couldn't swim, her dad said.
How could school officials have sent two teachers and one intern to chaperone 24 kids on a beach -- especially with no lifeguard on duty?! It's an absolute outrage!
Our hearts go out to Nicole Suriel's family in this tragic time.