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Re: Drayton Manor

by timmy1372 » Sun May 14, 2017 9:24 am

I was never taken to a theme park for a school trip, we always had to do something atleast vaguely learning based, like the theatre or goape, so I'm a bit biased, but I don't think school trips should go to theme parks, Can a school really ever sufficiently supervise 100 kids in a theme park? Plus the last time I was at Thorpe it was school trip day and most of the kids got on 2 rides the whole day because it was so busy, we were fine because the rides were walk on first thing and for the last few hours.
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Re: Drayton Manor

by Smiler313 » Sun May 14, 2017 11:47 am

Eh, I see your point. I think the reason our school takes us to Towers is because they can trust us and they know what we are like. We all know the consequences of actions we take. Teachers kept telling us the week before about following all the rules and things that can get you ejected from the park etc
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Re: Drayton Manor

by Robert W » Mon May 15, 2017 1:52 am

The only reason I started to become obsessed with theme park is because we were taken on an "educational" trip to Alton Towers, so I deffinatley agree with school trips!
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Re: Drayton Manor

by TinkerGem » Mon May 15, 2017 10:20 am

My school always ran a school trip to AT near the end of the summer term and we were always told where the teachers would be hanging around and to follow the rules of the park. We generally went around in groups of 4-6 without a teacher escorting us, if you think of the size of most theme parks and the fact that the average school will take 2-3 coaches full of kids just think how many teachers you would have to take along to make sure all the kids were supervised all the time. These trips are usually run by High Schools and at that age the kids are trusted to get themselves to and from school on their own so why shouldn't they be able to go around a theme park on their own. The parents will have had to sign a permission slip to say they are happy for their kids to go on the trip and that letter will most likely explain how they will be planning to supervise them, it's not like the school can just take them.

I think its a good thing for schools to take kids to these places, they get massively reduced tickets and for some kids these trips are their only opportunity to go to these places.

I think we have to accept this is a tragic accident and I dont think the school should be criticized for not having a teacher on the boat, like a lot of you have already said they were above the height restriction to go on unsupervised.

I like the idea of doors or netting to offer a little more protection where the steps are but I hate the idea of lap belts. It might keep some people seated but to be honest I think that would be the people who are likely to stay sat anyway. People who want to move will undo the seat belts and move anyway. Also if the boat was to capsize I think the lap belts would be more of a hazard. I have had to do training where I had to undo a seat belt under water and its not easy, and that was when I already had my hand on the buckle before going into the water and I knew what was coming. I would think most people when suddenly found upside down in fast flowing water would struggle to undo a belt.
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Re: Drayton Manor

by Liam.W » Tue May 16, 2017 7:29 pm

http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/16/family-of ... r-6641896/

Evha's family are apparently seeking to sue Drayton Manor.

Im really not sure why as (I hate to sound awful here) it was their child's fault for not following the rules which are there for a reason: to keep you safe. She says that the staff were too slow to react, so she is essentially saying "The staff should have gone in and risked their life earlier".

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Re: Drayton Manor

by Robert W » Wed May 17, 2017 2:20 am

Liam.W wrote:http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/16/family-of-schoolgirl-who-died-on-splash-canyon-to-sue-drayton-manor-6641896/

Evha's family are apparently seeking to sue Drayton Manor.

Im really not sure why as (I hate to sound awful here) it was their child's fault for not following the rules which are there for a reason: to keep you safe. She says that the staff were too slow to react, so she is essentially saying "The staff should have gone in and risked their life earlier".

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I guess they will have to assess wether any more safety protocols could have been implemented on the ride to prevent an accident like this. It's only the child's fault if they were not made properly aware of the rules. I'm also quite surprised how little scrutiny the park have faced, compared to AT in 2015, where the story of the crash seemed to be on TV forever.
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