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School trips cancelled due to terrorist fears

Saturday, March 22, 2003

The 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, D. C. and Northview Winter Guard's participation in the San Francisco, Cal. contest has been cancelled, School Superintendent Thomas Rohr has announced. But, The Times has learned Winter Guard parents are sponsoring the trip on their own. So, the trip will not be the responsibility of the school corporation.

"After a great deal of discussion and reflection, I have decided that it would be in the best interest of the students, staff, patrons and the school corporation to cancel (the trips). I realize this may be a disappointment to some students and staff; however, my paramount concern must be the safety of the students," he said in prepared statement Wednesday.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Monday that raised the national threat level to Orange, which means elevated to high risk of terrorist attack.

"As reasonable and prudent adults, we cannot ignore the precautions issued by our own government when it comes top the safety of our community's children. For the sake of the nation, I pray that my decision will prove to be wrong. However, I would much prefer to be wrong than try to explain to some parent why their child was put in a dangerous situation," Rohr said.

He further stated he realized many people made financial commitments for these trips and encouraged them to take whatever steps are necessary to try to recover any deposits made. He also said parents may want to use their ticket and hotel reservations as planned. The only restriction is that the students will not participate in the winter guard contest and the school corporation is not sponsoring the trips.

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