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Schools cancel DC trips following Paris attacks

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Two school districts have postponed class trips to places such as Washington D.C. after the terrorist attacks in Paris have parents in Connecticut questioning whether it’s safe to send their students.

Two school districts in the state said they had plans to send students to the nation’s capital. Eighth graders from Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor and seniors from Coginchaug High School in Durham scheduled trips.

Nancy Larson, principal of Timothy Edwards, said the school was canceling their trip in light of the attacks.

"We recognize that a significant financial commitment has been made for this trip and we are working with Destination Unlimited to determine rescheduling opportunities," Larson wrote to parents.

She said she was going to meet with 8th grade students on Tuesday to let them know.

"As always the safety of your child is our number one concern and I appreciate your support and thank you for your patience while we gather information with regards to rescheduling the trip," the letter concluded.

Coginchaug students were preparing to leave on Wednesday, but they decided on Tuesday to reschedule the trip. They were planning to spend four days and three nights in the nation's capital.

“Based on recent world events and circumstances outside of our control, the administration at Coginchaug Regional High School has made the decision to reschedule our senior class trip to Washington, DC,” Coginchaug Regional High School Principal Brian Falcone said.

Coginchaug officials held a meeting on Tuesday morning where they discussed the “rationale behind our decision,” Falcone said.

Officials said 100 out of 144 seniors were supposed to go on the trip, which is on the agenda every year for seniors.

“The rescheduling of the trip clearly aligns with our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students and faculty. These are unprecedented times and we will continue to work with and support our students,” Falcone said.

The U.S. government has said that there is no credible threat to the capital or anywhere else in the country, despite recent online threats by ISIS.

Still, school officials said they are taking precautions and parents told Eyewitness News they agree with the decision.

“I thought it was a great call by the school,” Bruce Filingeri, who is a parent of an eighth grade student, said.

“On the one hand, if love to say we are going to keep going and do whatever. But on the other hand. I'm glad she's not going to Washington DC,” Springly Sage, who is a parent of an eighth grade student, said.   

Safety was the biggest reason for the cancellation. Eyewitness News spoke with a representative of the tour group destination unlimited who said the company was working with the school, discussing several confidential alternatives scenarios.

“She was mad about it she's mad about the terrorist attacks and that they made such a difference. They ruined her going. This is such a tradition,” said Filingeri, who added he would have let his daughter go on the trip, if it had not been canceled.

The principal said it is hard to say when they will reschedule the trip because they have to look at what is available.

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