This was the first time in the history of St. Benedict’s school in Montebello that 8th graders were taking an educational trip to Washington, D.C.
These 27 8th graders had been planning and saving money for a whole year and studying up on U.S. history.
Many of them have never flown on a plane.
“I was excited cause I’ve never been out of time zone,” said Monica Hernandez, student.
The school principal says everything had been meticulously planned.
The students arrived at LAX at 7 a.m. for their flight scheduled to depart around 9:00 a.m. and then this…
“When we got to gate they overbooked the plane and wanted me to split some of my students and I refused to split 8th graders.” said Frank Loya, St. Benedict principal.
“We don’t want to split the children up, their parents aren’t here,” said Claudia Salcedo, parent and chaperone.
And because the group refused to split up, Lova says American employees then said they’d have to pay.
“We lost flight and had to repurchase tickets,” Lova said.
And what’s more, the group was originally told they wouldn’t be able to get to D.C. til Wednesday, that flights are booked cause of spring break.
American wrote this to KTLA:
“We are aware that we had a situation in Los Angeles this morning where unfortunately we were not able to accommodate all members of the group on our LAX-IAD flight. We are working with the group leader to determine how best to transport the group to Northern Virginia.”
But parents say in the meantime, students are paying for all the hotel rooms and activities they aren’t doing 3,000 miles away.
“Meals, hotel…everything that was planned,” Salcedo says.
The group is hoping they can catch a flight out tonight, stay the night in Dallas, and then arrive in Washington D.C. tomorrow afternoon.
When all is said and done they will have been traveling more than 24 hours.