for The Field Trip video
Principal (addressing a parent): Yes, Mrs. Johnson, I'm so sorry,
Mrs. Johnson. Well, please call us and let us know what you find out at the
feeling well enough to go on home. If he starts feeling really bad, take
him to the emergency room. Howard, why don't you let me take care of this?
I hope you feel better.
Principal (addressing the camera): What a nightmare. You know, at first
thought this was just another practical joke. A bunch of kids get off
bus, all of them moaning and holding their heads, some clutching their
stomachs. You know, teenagers can be such actors. But when I saw Ellie lean
that building and then slump down to the ground, I knew it was no joke. Ellie
Johnson is the kind of kid who takes everything very seriously. Ellie,
and about a dozen other kids, all with headaches and nausea. How could this
be happening to me? I chose the safest possible field trip—no zoo where
lion can bite off a kid's hand, no nature hike where a kid can slip and
fall into a river. This was the Museum of Natural History. How much safer
get? I don't know. Maybe they were out in the sun too long, or maybe they
breathed some smog. Maybe all of the kids came down with a flu bug, or
ate something that had gone bad. I just hope there's some kind of clue on
Howard's videotape. That kid videos everything.
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