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Field trips in Bristol questioned after attacks

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The recent terror attacks have schools across the state rethinking and possibly canceling international and domestic field trips.

In Bristol, the field trips will go on. Bristol has a trip to Italy and one to Greece scheduled for next year, but with everything that is going on, there is some worry.

“Nothing is safe nowadays,” said Belinda Pagan of Bristol. “It's a scary thing, parents need to do their homework.”

Pagan’s daughter goes to Greene Hills School in Bristol, and she is finding it tough to talk to her daughter about what is going on.

In South Windsor, the middle school canceled a trip to Washington D.C. after the attacks in Paris.

But in Bristol, the trips will still go on.

“We think it's a beneficial experience for our students to go abroad, see the world, the cultural differences from America and it's always a positive experience,” said Bristol Board of Education Chair Chris Wilson.

At the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday evening, the topic of terror came up, and ultimately, their decision was to let the parents make the decision.

“It's always the parents’ decision if they want their children to go abroad or not,” Wilson said.

Some parents are split. Barry Grant wouldn’t let his daughter go.

“At this point, I don't agree with it. I would try something different, maybe more in our country,” he said.

Even parents who agree with the board’s decision are on the fence.

“It's a scary situation, I don't know, I'm at 50/50,” Pagan said.

The board will revisit the topic as time goes on.

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