COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Twelve students, three teachers, a volunteer, and the principal of West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo are stuck in another country.
The group took a field trip to Denmark and were only suppose to be in the country for a little more than a week. But due to ash floating in the air from the volcano in Iceland, they're being forced to stay in Denmark an extra 10 days.
"We raised about $16,000 to come over here," said principal Mark Brown. "Now it's going to end up costing probably another $12,000-$15,000 while we're here."
Brown said the group is having to dip into school funds to pay for unexpected costs. They're trying to keep students occupied without spending a lot of money.
"We take them down a street here that's full of shops," said Brown. "We have taken them to a couple of free museums. We also go downstairs and play cards."
The students won't be back home until Sunday night.
"I'll be contacting the teachers seeing if there's anything they can send them to help them get caught up in school," said Brown.
Despite being stranded, Brown says the trip has been very educational and hopes the inconvenience doesn't stop parents from allowing their children to take the trip next year.
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