is this is "nightline." >> tonight, beyond the brochure. after the death of a college student detained by north korea, we track down the tour company that took him there. >> are you seriously pushing me out? >> attracting americans with talk of safety. >> these travel agencies continue to publish pictures of happy tourists. >> offering ski trips to iran and extreme getaways to chernobyl. a hard look tonight at adventure tourism. plus, against all odds. it was considered one of the most dangerous schools in america. until one brave principal helped turn it around. >> if nobody told you they loved you today, you remember i do. >> now we return to strawberry mansion, where a student who never thought she had a chance stands in triumph.
good evening. and we begin here with what's been called forbidden tourism. travelers, many of them young, visiting countries that are considered way off limits. the world of extreme tourism is under extreme scrutiny tonight after the death of an american college constitutionality named otto warmbier who died after 17 months in custody in north korea. these photos obtained exclusively by the "daily mail" are some of the last images of then 21-year-old american tourist otto warmbier before he was detained in north korea. >> otto's a young thrill-seeking great kid who was going to be in that part of the world for a college experience and said hey, i've heard some friends who have done this, i would like to do this. >> reporter: but after allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a haute until pyongyang and being sentenced to 15 years hard labor -- >> please save my life.
please think of my family. >> reporter: warmbier fell into a coma during his 17 months in custody, returning back to the u.s. last week in what doctors called a state of unresponsive wakefulness. six days later he died. his parents wrote in a statement, "otto has completed his journey home." this case has raised so many questions, including what exactly happened to warmbier while in custody? how will this impact the already high tensions between the u.s. and this rogue nuclear power? and should americans be allowed to travel to north korea? otto warmbier arranged his visit through a company called young pioneer tours, based in china. on its website the company touts itself as a budget operation, offering trips to places "your mother would rather you stayed away from." on twitter they posted pictures of customers skiing in iran and visiting a weapon repair shop in irbil, iraq. then there's this post asking if
you fancy a weekend getaway with a difference in chernobyl. >> the north koreans lure americans to travel to north korea via tour groups run out of china who advertise slick ads on the internet proclaiming no american ever gets detained off of our tours and this is a safe place to go. >> reporter: today or producer went to the office of young pioneer tours in xian, china looking for answers about what went wrong on warmbier's trip. >> so i'm with abc news. we've been trying to call for the longest time. can we talk to you guys? >> no. >> can we talk to -- is there anyone available to talk on camera? >> no. we released a statement. and that's all we've got to say at the moment. >> are you pushing me -- are you seriously pushing me out? i just asked -- >> reporter: at the time of otto warmbier's trip young pioneer tours described their excursions to north korea online as
extremely safe and answered this question. "i'm american. is this a problem?" with a chipper "not at all." the company's youtube page shows westerners appearing to revel in their new experiences in north korea, from running the pyongyang marathon -- >> ah! >> reporter: -- to observing daily life on the city streets. but earlier this week the company told nbc news in a statement that it will no longer organize tours for americans to north korea. "there had not been any previous detainment in north korea that has ended with such tragic finality, and we have been struggling to process the result." now the assessment of risk for americans visiting north korea has become too high. the company also offered condolence to warmbier's loved ones saying "we had held on to hope that he might recover. we too are reeling with the shock of a young man's life taken well before his time." warmbier was just one of hundreds of americans who traveled to north korea every year. >> north korea has been on my
bucket list for some time. >> reporter: andrew byrne went to north korea just a few months ago on a young pioneer tour, even while otto warmbier was being held captive. >> people were very clear that any deviation from what's expected of you could result in being detained or worse. they were not shy about letting us know that, that it's very important that we behave as instructed. >> these are tightly controlled tours. these are tours that earn hard currency for the kim regime. it's spent on weapons, nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles. it's spent on keeping the elites happy. >> reporter: this week young pioneer tours announced it will no longer be bringing americans traveling on u.s. passports to north korea. meanwhile, the u.s. state department is now warning americans to stay away, citing "serious risk of arrest and long-term detention." and officials are considering banning all travel there for u.s. citizens.
in reality, one small mistake can have disastrous consequences when traveling in dangerous countries. >> do you have any indications that you're going to get released? do you have any indications from the iranian government? >> no. >> reporter: in 2009 these three americans, sarah shourd, her boyfriend shane bauer and their friend joshua fatale, were captured hiking along the iranian border and charged with espionage. they spent more than a year in an iranian prison partially in solitary confinement before being released on humanitarian grounds. >> i stand before you today only one third free. >> reporter: it toot another full year for fattal and bauer to be free. despite the risks more and more people are drawn to extreme travel, according to one study adventure tourism is a $263 billion a year industry. and some people are truly eager to push the limits. this is andrew drury's idea of a good vacation. >> here we could be targets for snipers at any time. >> reporter: over the years
drury says he spent holidays in hot spots all over the world, including afghanistan, chechnya, and mogadishu, somalia. >> i went to the -- the first time to mogadishu round about about christmas time. i can remember saying good-bye to my children and actually thinking for the first time i could be saying good-bye for the last time. >> reporter: he told abc lama hasan that he went because he wanted to find the wreckage of the black hawk down helicopter. >> so that is the black hawk. >> you do realize you're risking your life by doing something like that? >> yeah, of course. >> reporter: drury embarks on these journeys despite misgivings. >> papa! >> reporter: -- of his wife and children in surrey, england. >> i would prefer him to stop. but i think i'd be changing him completely if i made him stop. >> reporter: he takes his life into his own hands on trips like this one to iraq. >> ahead is isis-held territory. the black recognizable flags. >> reporter: where he saw the front line in the battle against isis. >> someone's been shot on this
side of the front line. we're pretty much under attack now. >> even when the gunfire happened i they seemed to be going about their jobs and i was kind of drawn into the situation. >> we're returning fire. >> i hate to say i really did enjoy it. and the adrenaline, the buzz. and since i've come back i haven't slept for three days. >> reporter: the cost of this trip-a round $2,800 including airfare. back here in the united states otto's funeral is scheduled for tomorrow. at the same high school in wyoming, ohio where just four short years ago he delivered this inspiring yet prophetic graduation speech. >> but there is also a different kind of good-bye. a farewell to something larger than just a friend. i wish there was a way to know that you're in the good old days before you actually left them. >> we want to remind you to tune in to "20/20" this friday night for an investigation into the unknown details of that american student's death and his detainment in north korea.
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make it happen. >> reporter: four years ago -- >> we must save the children. >> reporter: -- we took you to the school in philadelphia called strawberry mansion. considered one of the most persistently dangerous schools in the nation. our cameras captured the chaos. a student body on a hairtrigger. >> a lot of fights pop off for nothing. so you've got to be safe. >> reporter: and in the middle of it all a new principal named linda wayman. >> each day gets scarier. >> reporter: she was always on edge. >> ms. jackson, can you hear me? >> reporter: especially at lunchtime with the entire school in one room. >> i know that they outnumber me. i don't know if i have enough manpower to bring them back. >> reporter: suddenly we saw a fight between two girls because one had spit on the other the day before. wayman rushes in to break it up. >> calm down. tack a deep breath. >> reporter: by the way, during the mayhem one of the students
steps in to protect me. >> we don't want nobody hurting diane. back up. >> reporter: fights like those reinforce the need for strict orders. principal wayman was doing something they'd never done before. enforce a dress code. and it wasn't about grooming but safety. no boots because boots can be used to stomp heads. and no hoodies. >> you don't wear hoodies because we can't identify them when they walk through cameras. >> reporter: she brought in more security cameras. 94 of them all through the school. back then principal wayman not just worried about student safety but her own. a student had threatened her life. >> said to me "i have a bullet with your name on it." >> reporter: but for every student who caused trouble we saw so many who just wanted to learn. like a small quiet girl named malaysia. it wasn't easy for her. one day after school she got punched in the face by another girl. >> you're busted up pretty good. >> reporter: i caught up with malaysia. >> it's a little -- it's sore still.
>> are you scared? >> of fighting? >> of -- sometimes of coming to school. >> yeah. because i'm little. >> reporter: and later still our cameras were at strawberry mansion on parent-teacher conference day. >> mr. quigley, i'm just curious, how many parents have you had come in the last two days? >> this is the first parent that i saw so far. >> wow, really? >> reporter: out of 70 students malaysia's dad was the only parent who showed up. at the end of each day wayman sent this message out to her kids. so many of them heading home to a troubled world. >> and remember, if nobody told you they loved you today, you remember i do. >> reporter: week after week we saw linda wayman go student by student to talk about their possibility. >> the one way to help your family out is to educate yourself. right? >> reporter: and in an amazing achievement she helped get 55 of her 92 seniors accepted to college. like this student, christine
holland, who didn't have money for the deposit. so college was out of reach. >> if i had $550 to go to philadelphia university, i would go. >> reporter: when another college dream dies, the unbreakable principal gives in to tears. in the auditorium on an aging piano a school police officer plays an anthem of hope. and four years ago hope arrived. after our first special aired, you our viewers came to change lives. >> just when i really did think that there was no hope in america, and then you all aired this special. jesus. i never felt such joy in my life. when them phones started ringing and somebody noticed that we're
at least trying to make it right. somebody besides me actually do care. >> reporter: you sent in donations that helped cover a lot of basic necessities at the school. ones that are taken for granted at most american high schools like books, calculators, notebooks. and using the energy and momentum after our piece wayman lobbied for something else. something the school had wanted for 62 years. its own football team. we got to see the strawberry mansion knights. >> undefeated! undefeated. first season ever. >> reporter: and of all the surprises this may have been the biggest. >> what's up, ladies? how are you doing? >> reporter: after watching our piece drake, the icon of hip-hop, showed up to give the students something amazing. >> i caught this piece that diane did. by the end of it i was so heavily affected i started like questioning like major aspects of my life.
>> in the next few months i'm building a recording studio inside your school. [ cheers ] this is about you. this is about your principal. this is about your future. i love you. i care about you. i want to see you succeed. >> reporter: that music studio, in full use to this day. ♪ ♪ take your butt to school and get to class ♪ ♪ 'cause we can't be friends if you don't pass ♪ and another legacy from our viewers. the donations you sent in set up 13 educational funds for seniors to go to college. one of the recipients, that shy girl christine holland. >> we wanted to come down and offer you the opportunity to study with us and give you a scholarship to be able to do so. >> go christine! >> reporter: well, four years later look at her now. she was given a full scholarship by philadelphia university. your donations went toward books and meals on campus. >> i knew i could do it if i was
able to go to school. i just didn't know how i was going to do it. like how i was going to live on campus, how i was going to eat every day. i'm just really grateful for everyone who's helped me out. >> reporter: now she's not only a college graduate in accounting -- >> christine m. holland. >> reporter: she has a scholarship to business school. >> i do hereby confer upon these graduates the degree of bachelor of science with all the rights and privileges thereto apertaining. >> reporter: and there is someone else waiting to congratulate her, linda wayman, who has now stepped down as principal of strawberry mansion. so wayman whispers once again what she used to say to all the kids. >> and remember, if nobody told you they loved you today, know that i do and i always will. >> i love you too. >> our thanks to diane sawyer for that incredible report. the year our special aired strawberry mansion was removed
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finally here tonight, it was shakespeare who wrote, "uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." it was a moment of mourning nearly 20 years ago. the people lost their princess. and now prince harry revealing the pain of the public good-bye in an interview with "newsweek." "my mother had just died, and i had to walk a long way behind her coffin surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. i don't think any child should be asked to do that under any circumstances. i don't think it would happen today." harry was just 12 years old when princess diana was killed in a car crash in paris. prince harry, fifth in line to be king, also offering insight into a changing monarchy and i surprising revelation on those in line to the throne. "we are involved in modernizing
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