Five schoolchildren were left heartbroken over being excluded from a dream trip to Disneyland after teachers pulled their names from a hat.
Alfie Smith, Ethan Nicol, Jay Truscott, Adam Jobson and Brandon Kennedy, all 11 years old, were devastated after they were left behind when it turned out that there was not enough room for all students on the coach that was to take them from the English city of Middlesbrough to Paris.
The boys’ parents had already paid ┬ú25 ($40) deposits for Whale Hill Primary School’s year-end trip to Paris, which featured two days at Disneyland and a cruise on the Seine river past the Eiffel Tower.
1. Jay Truscott, Adam Jobson and Alfie Smith (pictured left to right) were among the five boys excluded from a school trip to France because of a lack of space.
However, a class teacher took the five boys to one side at break time to inform them that they would not be going on their dream trip.
One of the 11-year-olds was so traumatized that his mother drew the blinds of her home so that he would not watch the other kids boarding the bus to Paris. Ethan’s mother Jane Nicol said:
It was torture for him when the other children were getting ready to leave. Our house overlooks the school and we heard the bus pull up outside and the wheels rumbling on the suitcases as the children got on board.
I had to pull the blinds down and Ethan came and lay on the bed with me in tears as I told him he had done nothing wrong. I feel so angry and helpless that out kids have been treated this way and there’s nothing we could do about it.
2. The boys’ parents had paid their ┬ú25 ($40) deposits to Whale Hill Primary School’s end-of-year trip to France, which included two days at Disneyland Paris, pictured (photo: Wikimedia).
One of the boys, Alfie Smith said:
We were told that not all the children could go to Paris and that we were the ones who had been chosen to stay at school.
All our friends have gone and I couldn’t understand what we had done wrong and why we were the ones who couldn’t go. We haven’t been naughty or anything.
It’s been really really hard because the lucky ones who went have been on Facebook saying what a great time they are having and we have nothing to look forward to.
3. Left to right: Adam Jobson with mother Jayne, Jay Truscott with mother Sarah, Alfie Smith with mother Julie and Ethan Nicol with mother Jane.
The boys were told in November that the random draw had been made and that they had missed out on the dream trip, so they have had to live with the disappointment until the bus left on Monday.
Beleaguered Whale Hill Head Melanie Mellor said:
We had a parents evening back in November where we made it perfectly clear that there was only a certain number of places and if it was oversubscribed then there would be a process to go through, which is a standard policy used in schools.
It needs to be said that these residential trips would not be able to go ahead if it wasn’t for the commitment and dedication of the members of staff.
4. The school sent this explanation to parents to inform them that their son would miss Disneyland and had been placed on the reserve list.
Mellor added that the boys would be required to attend class but would be doing “fun activities” She said:
They will have the chance to do some mountain biking, swimming and designing posters for the school fair.
We do have to apply policy and unfortunately we had to leave some children out.
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