New Hampshire school district cancels D.C. trip, citing security fears
HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP/ABC7)- Citing security concerns in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Hooksett School District has cancelled a trip its 8th graders were to take today to Washington, D.C.
"We feel there are safety concerns with our students being in the District of Columbia at this time," school board Chairman Trisha Korkosz said Wednesday night.
Korkosz said the board was concerned about the trip following Monday's bombings in Boston, in which three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and 176 were injured.
She said 107 students and 11 chaperones were going to go to the nation's capital today and come back Sunday. Several cities, including Washington, placed themselves on heightened states of alert after the bombings.
Korkosz said the board understands parents and students will not be pleased by the decision.
"It was a very difficult decision," she said. "We certainly appreciate that families are very upset about this and students are very upset."
In a statement, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier that Washington, like every other major city in America, has stepped up its vigilance in the wake of the attack in Boston.
“During this heightened state of alert, we understand the concern that many people have at this time," Lanier said. "The Metropolitan Police Department has increased security, as a result of the events in Boston.
"We monitor situations that occur in other jurisdictions and we adapt as necessary. We are urging the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious behavior and activity.”
Korkosz said the district will try to get the students to Washington soon.
"We will be working with our travel agent to reschedule them for a time when the District of Columbia is not in a heightened state of security," she said.