It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for several Torrington students, but after the attacks in Paris, the trip was canceled.
Students from Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington were supposed to travel to Ireland.
It was canceled out of caution, but one family said all they want now is their money back.
“I don’t understand why we have to pay a cancellation fee when we didn’t cancel,” said Steven Bechard, who is a student at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School.
Bechard said the trip was booked through his school, and EF Tours, at a cost of about $3,000.
But after putting down $2,000, the superintendent for the Connecticut Technical High School Systems canceled the trip.
“A little less than a month ago, we were told that there was a hold on all international and national trips because of what happened in Paris and the remarks from ISIS,” Bechard said.
He said he was given several options, including booking another tour for another country, postponing the trip or canceling. However, if they choose to cancel, they’d be charged $750.
“I feel frustrated. I’m a single mom trying to make ends meet,” said Lisa Bechard, Steven’s mom.
The Bechards said if they rebook, they may be charged additional fees and they’re unsure if the district would approve.
A district spokesperson said they were in the process of working with the travel company to waive the cancellation fees. If that doesn’t happen, they will explore other options. They will also be meeting with parents.
“That’s not fair. I don’t feel like we should be charged a fee for the cancellation,” Lisa Bechard said.
A statement from EF Tours said “For groups in school districts that are considering a change of plans, we are actively working to determine the best solution for each group."
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