Second school waiting for charter bus refund

ADA, Okla. – Another school has stepped forward saying they too are owed money by an Oklahoma City tour bus company.

News Channel 4 told you Monday about a metro youth drum line that was left high and dry when Heartland Charters and Tours cancelled the trip they paid for in order to compete in Kentucky.

This time it is Latta High School in Ada that was devastated and out of thousands of dollars when Heartland Charters and Tours canceled the ride they scheduled.

The group of marketing students were scheduled to go to Utah for the International  Career Development Conference in April 2012.

One day before, the teacher, Stacy Oakley, received a call from the bus company saying their ride wasn’t going to show.

“Oh my gosh. T was feeling forlorn. That’s the worst time out of 28 years as a sponsor for school activities that I have ever just felt absolutely helpless,” said Oakley.

The students say they paid Heartland Charters and Tours $6,500 for the trip.

The owner of Heartland Charters and Tours says the company was unknowingly out of compliance with federal safety laws. Oakley says the company refunded $2,000, but they’re still waiting on the other four.

“When you work really hard and you pay the money and this is set to go and a day before are told you can’t go, that’s a scary thought,” said one student, Patience Young.

Thanks to the Choctaw Nation, the students took another bus to Utah. However, in the case of this youth drum line left behind last week by the same company, they had to forfeit the Kentucky competition and the money.

When we talked with the owner of the bus company, she cried when explaining her efforts to pay her customers back. She says right now she says she’s simply trying to keep her family business alive, and get paperwork issues straightened out with the federal regulators.