Boy, 8, trapped in bus luggage compartment on school excursion

A primary school student was trapped in the luggage hold of a moving bus for 45 minutes during an excursion on Tuesday, his mother says.

On Tuesday, Isaac Gilchrist, 8, was travelling with a group of third-grade students from Blackbutt Reserve in Newcastle, NSW, back to Muswellbrook South Public School in the Hunter Valley when he accidentally became stuck.

In a Facebook post on Friday, his mum Nicole said Isaac stowed his backpack under the bus under the instruction of a teacher.

“There was no space on the front row so he climbed back. He has tried to put his bottle and hat into his bag and then the doors were closed on him,” she wrote.

Isaac Gilchrist, 8, is pictured with his mother, Nicole. Source: Facebook
Isaac Gilchrist, 8, is pictured with his mother, Nicole. Source: Facebook

Nicole said Isaac shouted and banged on the door, but none of the 50 kids or teachers on board heard him.

"He said that it was so noisy that he eventually just stopped screaming because he knew that nobody could hear him," she told ABC Newcastle.

Isaac was not discovered until 45 minutes later when the bus pulled over at a rest stop for a toilet break and teachers called roll.

“Even if he was being naughty and messing around he is EIGHT years old. A child. His teachers should have ensured he was back and in his seat. They did not,” Nicole said.

The elementary school has since apologised to Isaac and his mother.

The Department of Education told the ABC Isaac was looked at by paramedics on their return to school.

“Appropriate action” has also been taken in regards to staff in charge of the excursion.

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