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Senior trip to Dominican Republic
descends into disaster after group falls ill

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Posted By: drive, 6/18/2019 6:35:01 AM

A group of Oklahoma teens’ senior trip to the Dominican Republic was ruined when they fell sick with a mysterious illness. The recent Deer Creek High School graduates flew on June 8 to the embattled Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, where at least two Americans have died and others have fallen ill, news station KOTV reported. Liz McLaughlin said her daughter, Libby, was among seven members of the group who fell sick — and they have “no idea what’s going on.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Texpub 6/18/2019 7:31:42 AM (No. 100475)
I'm not sure why anyone would think it's a good idea for a group of recent high school graduates to take a trip out of the country when there are so many wonderful places in the United States to visit. Seems like poor decision making to me.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: TexaTucky 6/18/2019 7:45:13 AM (No. 100485)
In this Natalie Holloway world we live in, why do parents send their teenagers to tropical islands to mix and mingle in their bikinis and splash around in alcohol? Is indulgence mistaken as love these days?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Daisymay 6/18/2019 8:11:18 AM (No. 100506)
I'm with #1. Who thought it was a good idea to let these kids go there while there are Tourists dying there? My guess is the Travel Agency, who booked he trip, might be saying NO to refunding their money if they cancel. I hope that's not the case, but it wouldn't surprise me. Why else would the Parents allow this trip to take place right now!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: GO3 6/18/2019 8:41:08 AM (No. 100525)
Many parents think it's a good idea to go to these s-holes because for a couple of decades now, the schools allow travel agencies to come into schools to promote these trips. And the schools wouldn't steer us wrong, would they? In Texas, the big draw was going to Mexico, but I think these promotions have been cut way back. However, there are enough numbskull parents who suffer from affluenza to make these lousy decisions for bacchanalia fests...er.. senior trips . I'm wondering if these loons read a newspaper occasionally or check out the internet about conditions of these places.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mushroom 6/18/2019 9:16:20 AM (No. 100563)
I think every Senior trip should be to DC. Everyone should see where 30% of each paycheck for the rest of their lives is going. And how it's wasted.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog 6/18/2019 9:35:48 AM (No. 100577)
Seems like the lure of these places is a fairly low cost for an all inclusive resort vacation. There's warm weather, hotel room, a beach, pool, food, and a liquor bar for one flat price. It's probably easy to meet someone for a 'quick date' as well. You get what you pay for.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: mobyclik 6/18/2019 9:50:45 AM (No. 100598)
Hell, in this day and age, probably half of the parents don't even know their kids are gone. ''Really quiet around here the last few days, where's whats-her-name?''
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Strike3 6/18/2019 9:56:36 AM (No. 100606)
Where do these "seniors" get the money for exotic trips like this in the first place? Parents are not doing them a favor. Look at what happened to Natalie Holloway in Aruba. It's enough of a challenge for decent Americans to deal with the jungles right here in the US, why send innocent, unaware kids into harms way?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 6/18/2019 10:08:29 AM (No. 100631)
Recent headlines: "New Jersey man found dead in Dominican Republic hotel amid spate of mystery illnesses"; "Oklahoma Jimmy Buffett fans mysteriously fall ill while vacationing in Dominican Republic"; "Yoga teacher dragged out to sea is latest to die in Dominican Republic"; "Brother of Barbara Corcoran died in Dominican Republic hotel" Idiot Parents: Hey, I have a brilliant idea: Let's send our sweet, innocent, vulnerable senior to the Dominican Republic for a senior trip! Me: Are they TRYING to get rid of their kids?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: lftrn97 6/18/2019 10:48:58 AM (No. 100674)
Don't go there. How hard is that?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: TXknitter 6/18/2019 11:08:21 AM (No. 100696)
What is with these foreign trips for recent high school graduates? Graduation from college, oh yes, a special celebration is so appropriate. These are still young kids. I wonder about some of these parents.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 6/18/2019 11:46:21 AM (No. 100748)
My guess is the "mysterious" illness was related to overconsumption of alcohol.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna 6/18/2019 11:59:30 AM (No. 100759)
Who benefits from destroying Dom-Rep's major source of income ? I ask in earnest as I don't know the answer.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 6/18/2019 2:11:11 PM (No. 100858)
What sort of irresponsible, brainless parents let their kids go on this sort of dangerous, foolish excursion to 3rd world countries. Wasn't the Holloway girl's death enough of a warning?
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