Averill Park students stranded at Canadian border after bus driver detained

May 24, 2019 06:10 PM

Eighth graders and their chaperones on a field trip from Averill Park to Canada were stranded Friday afternoon at the Canadian border. The district says the bus driver -- who works with Wade Tours -- was detained, but it's still unclear why.

The group includes 35 kids, seven parents, and four chaperones. They were all taken to a room to wait for another bus driver.

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The good news is that the trip, which is expected to last until Sunday, can continue.

"The primary concern for us was the safety of our students, staff, and parents on the trip and making sure everyone was okay and we're pleased the trip can continue," said Averill Park Superintendent Jim Franchini.

NewsChannel 13 is told the students were eating lunch and playing board games while they waited for the new bus driver, who was expected to arrive around 2 p.m.

The Canadian Border Services Agency released the following statement to NewsChannel 13:

It is not a practice of the CBSA to confirm/deny whether a person has been arrested and/or is under investigation.

All persons, including Canadian citizens, seeking entry to Canada must present to the CBSA and may be subject to a more in-depth exam. All persons must demonstrate they meet the requirements to enter and/or stay in Canada.

Admissibility of all travelers is decided on a case-by-case basis and based on the information made available to the border services officer at the time of entry. Several factors are used in determining admissibility into Canada, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations, in organized crime, security, health or financial reasons.

For more information on inadmissibility to Canada, please visit:


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