Terrified British pupils told yesterday how bandits fired shots over their heads before robbing them during a school trip to Guatemala.
The 12 teenagers were hauled off their private bus one by one at gunpoint and made to empty their pockets before being tied up with ropes – and their own shoelaces.
The gunmen then abandoned them deep in snake infested jungle. Luckily, one of the boys was able to wriggle free and untie the others.
The youngsters, who paid more than £3,500 each to go on the expedition, had just completed a two-week project to paint a school and teach children English.
Guatemala has one of the highest crime rates in Central America, but Simon Everson, head of the state grammar school, defended the decision to send the boys there.
He said: 'We have got to give our boys challenging experiences and allow them to help people less fortunate than themselves. If we retreated as a result of this incident then we would be victims of these bandits twice over.'
I guess he's never heard the expression, "fool me once, shame on You. Fool me twice, shame on me."
It would appear to me that they've already been victims "twice over" if they actually paid money to visit one of the most violent countries in the world, then, once there, became the victims of violence.
But then again, therein lies the key here...........................money!
As to the actual ideology that suckers these poor unsuspecting folks into such situations, well, as a poster at VNN aptly put it, "Liberalism is moral outrage at reality."