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Underprivileged kids taken on field trip to Del Mar in San Diego County Sheriff's Department bus

Posted at 8:52 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 12:38:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A field trip to one of San Diego County’s beaches is making waves on social media after underprivileged children were taken to the beach in a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department bus.

Pictures posted on social media show the kids being taken to Del Mar Beach in the bus Thursday.

One parent told 10News she was upset when she found out how her child was taken to the beach.

“It just doesn’t look right. It just puts us in an awkward point of view,” said Kimberly Steele. "I feel like they would not transport children from La Jolla on a bus like that."

According to STAR/PAL, the nonprofit organization that put on the field trip, the trips are meant to foster a relationship between the community and law enforcement. The group is made up of civilian and law enforcement personnel including baseball, soccer, and surf programs.

“The message has never been ‘you’re gonna be on a bus that’s used for anything negative,’” said Claire Leveau, Executive Director of the organization.

Read STAR/PAL’s mission statement below:

The mission of STAR/PAL is to empower underserved youth to build a safer and more prosperous community by engaging with law enforcement and collaborative partners.