Some Canadian schools are changing trip destinations, or cancelling them outright, in response to the “uncertain world climate”.
The National Post reports HERE that the Roman Catholic school districts in Edmonton and Calgary have cancelled all international travel for the remainder of the school year, citing concerns over student safety. Officials are pointing to the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino as the two main reasons behind this decision.
Destinations included France, England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and even the United States. The reasons for these trips included sports gatherings, religious conferences, competitions, artistic events and science festivals.
“This was a very difficult decision and we have considered several factors including the uncertain world climate that we now live in,” a memo read. “Recent media reports advise that there have been 355 mass shootings in 336 days in the United States.”
Other districts in Canada, including the Toronto District and Vancouver school boards have not made the same call. The TDSB’s Ryan Bird confirmed that they “didn’t feel it necessary to cancel or postpone trips.”
Some parents are not happy with the districts’ decisions, arguing that this is exactly what the terrorists want! Some have shared their opinion via Facebook.
Would you let your child take a class trip to Paris, France right now? Do you think it’s wise for these schools to take the “better safe than sorry” approach?