Ohio School Cancels 8th Grade Trip to D.C. Out of Fear of Terrorism

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9 Responses to Ohio School Cancels 8th Grade Trip to D.C. Out of Fear of Terrorism

  1. Chris McCauley November 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    As a parent I shudder because of the message it sends to the kids – it encourages fear-based existence. So very disappointing that we are forgetting the need to raise children as leaders and doers.

  2. Denise November 16, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    This exact same thing happened to my son in 8 th grade but it was at the time of the D.C snipers, in the end they decide to go and I agreed completely because you can not live your life with “ what if’s “

  3. Jana November 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    I would advise parents to protest – maybe the school could issue a written consent which parents, willing to send their kids on the trip, could sign. Pity the students will miss such a great opportunity. We’ve been with our kids to Washington, D.C. (even the White House) several times, but not all parents are capable to do it (time, money, etc.).

  4. elizabeth November 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

    This is so stupid.

  5. Mark of Melbourne November 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    A life lived in fear is a life half-lived. Please do not let our kids live half-lives! We need to raise them strong, brave, courageous even if the world they live in is half-mad. Teaching them to fear “what ifs”, “maybes” and “it could happens” is teaching them to fear everything. We must make the optimists, eternally. For an optimist is someone who already knows the world is a terrible place but does not let that affect their judgement, actions or beliefs.. a pessimist is simply someone who finds out how terrible the world is.. newly each day!

  6. Tapatingo November 17, 2017 at 1:10 am #

    The opposite of fear is not safety, but courage. No one providing for your safety will eliminate your fear, only you do it through being courageous.

    I wouldn’t let my 8th graders go to Cleveland. I’d worry the whole time.

  7. Kirsten November 17, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” – FDR, when we were a free country.

  8. Stay outraged November 17, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    The school board is just preemptively absolving themselves from future liability from wrongful death suits.


    It’s just an measure to cover their collective asses..

    Anticipatory fear!

  9. EricS November 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    Another adult making it primarily about how HE feels, and what’s best for HIM.