Westwood High School students out thousands after tour company Mariden Travel goes bankrupt

Some Westwood High School students are out thousands of dollars after the tour company they booked a trip with filed for bankruptcy. The students were

Some Westwood High School students are out thousands of dollars after the tour company they booked a trip with filed for bankruptcy.

Some Westwood High School students are out thousands of dollars after the tour company they booked a trip with filed for bankruptcy. (7/24/13)

WESTWOOD - Some Westwood High School students are out thousands of dollars after the tour company they booked a trip with filed for bankruptcy.

The students were preparing for an eight-day guided tour of Paris, but now their parents are scrambling to get their money back.

"They were going to show us the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and all these different places", says student Emma Pranschke.

The trip was organized by a teacher who booked through Mariden Travel, a company based in Alexandria, Va.

The school district had used the company before with no problems.

But just two weeks before the trip, administrators were informed that the company had filed for bankruptcy.

"The company happily accepted our monthly payments, cashed every one of our checks. They sent us the flight numbers, but they never purchased any tickets," says Ann Eichorn, a mother of one of the students.

Parents, along with school administrators, have been trying to get their money back from Meriden, but they have had little luck.

Each of the 14 students payed $3,500 up front.

Parents of the students have filed complaints with the state attorney general.

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