Teen With Autism Left Behind During Field Trip

LAYTON, UT- One family in Utah is looking for answers, after their autistic son was left behind on a school field trip.

16-year-old Nathan was on a field trip with 15 of his classmates from David High School, when he was left behind at a Walmart.

 When employees discovered Nathan, they encountered a problem.

 Nathan has trouble communicating verbally.

 The Layton Police Department was called in to help.

"It actually took some time communicating with him to where he would write things down to communicate with us but, he still was not verbal at all," explained Lt. Travis Lyman of the Layton Police Department.

"We told him we would find his teacher," Walmart Assistant Manager Tina Jensen told FOX 13. "He got excited, so we sat in McDonald's. He was a good young man. He was a lot of fun to play around with. We were telling him how awesome his running shoes were and he got really excited."

The Davis school district has said they apologize to Nathan and his parents, and say they are doing everything they can to figure out how the situation occurred.

The district released the following statement to FOX 13:

"This incident should have never happened. It doesn't matter who the student is or what the situation may be. No student should be left behind--ever. We apologize to the parents and to the student, and are doing everything we can to uncover every pertinent detail. We take this very seriously, and there is no doubt disciplinary action will be taken."

The Anderson family says they are very grateful for the kind and correct actions taken by the Walmart employees as well as the police officers that were involved. 

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