Forty-two students at a school in Walsall, UK, have been stranded in the US after a hotel reportedly accidentally shredded their passports. According to a BBC report, Barr Beacon School students were on a ski trip to New Hampshire when they were told their passports had been destroyed by hotel management.
The students were supposed to fly home on Saturday, but they had to stay for another four days to collect their emergency documents.
A mother said she was shocked by the strange turn of events, but the school assured her that they will manage the crisis. “It was a really horrible shock,” the mother, who declined to be named, told the BBC. “It’s the first time she’s been away from family for so long. And what they were doing was really challenging: skiing black runs or blue runs, depending on their experience.”
The mother told me that the teacher who led the trip communicated well and supported the students. “She was up all night answering our emails and questions when she should have been sleeping,” she said.
Headmaster Katie Hibbs told the outlet she was proud of the staff on the trip for handling the challenging situation.
She said, “Forty-one of the passports were destroyed while the group was staying at the New Hampshire hotel.”
The British Embassy has completed the applications and the students will return on Wednesday.
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