How Safe are Student Tours
Judge Thomas A. Dickerson
There are a number of tour operators in the business of selling tours designed for high school and college students. Some student tours are educational in nature featuring credit for courses taken at foreign universities and/or guided tours of historically or culturally significant locales [see e.g., Gyenes v Zionist Organisation of America, (student drowns in Jordan River on tour of Holy Land)] while some student tour programs are exclusively social events. However, from the standpoint of the students' parents the most important features of such tours are proper supervision and the safety precautions taken to protect their children from harm.
Two recent travel law cases demonstrate just how disastrous inadequate student supervision can be for the tour's participants.
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