butterflies.jpgThe parents of Destiny Mesa claim they only decided to sue the city after the teacher who lost track of their kingergartener daughter in a crowded Manhattan museum wasn't disciplined. The suit alleges that the school did not have enough chaperones for a field trip from Staten Island to the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. The New York Post reports, however, that the teacher assigned to look after Destiny Mesa only had two other children to monitor. We have to wonder how many chaperones is standard or would be considered enough to keep track of a group of six-year-olds.

When a security guard approached her in the museum's butterfly exhibit––butterflies alighting on her head and shoulders––and asked if she was lost, Destiny Mesa had allegedly been wandering around the exhibit for 30 minutes to an hour. The suit claims that while Mesa was unattended, the teacher charged with looking after her was taking two other students to the bathroom and to lunch. When the unnamed teacher described what happened to the girl's mother, she laid the responsibility for the incident at the six-year-old's feet, saying she had "pulled a fast one." We're just thankful that Destiny Mesa wasn't left in the museum's "Spiders: Alive!" exhibit. That actually ends today, so if you're in the neighborhood, you still have time to run over and see some real live spiders up close.