LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A Lee County mom was outraged over a field trip permission slip asking her to sign away her rights to file a lawsuit against the school if her child gets hurt or even killed on the trip.
Tiffany Major says she has never seen a form like that before, but the district says it is required language that's been in place since October 2011.
The language is required across the state, per state statute signed by former Governor Charlie Crist in 2010.
But Major believes the state is putting money ahead of her daugther's safety. She says, "after I read this it sort of shocked me because I take my child to school everyday and I give up me keeping them safe for that school to keep them safe. And they're telling me in this permission slip its ok for them to take them outside school but they're not going to keep them safe."
The field trip was to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, and Major says she won't let her daughter attend. "I signed a permission slip for my daughter to leave Challenger Middle School with the agents and teachers of Challenger Middle School, so they should be responsible for anything that happens on that field trip."
The mom did her own research and discovered the language came from the state statute, but she says that doesn't make it right. "It's nothing that Challenger Middle School wrote up, this is verbatium from our governor, from the state. This is how they feel about our children. And basically it's a money thing. No lawsuits, they don't want to lose any money but a person can lose their child's life."