Seven people were killed and 48 were injured after three terrorists in a van ploughed down pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people at random in the Borough Market area.
St Anselm’s Catholic School, in Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, contacted parents this morning to say the upcoming visit for 380 children and 20 staff will not take place.
Pupils from Year 7 and 8 were due to visit various locations including the London Aquarium and the Florence Nightingale Museum.
The two museums are situated in the area between Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, chosen by the terrorists for the appalling atrocities.
An email to parents from the school said they did not feel it was sensible to go ahead with the trip at this time.
But opinion online has been divided as to whether the school made the right choice.
On social media, Will Morris said calling off the school trip was playing into the terrorists’ hands.
He said: “This is what ‘Isis’ want…don’t let them win. Everybody should carry on with life as normal – well I am anyway.”
However, the conflict between staying calm and carrying on, or taking children out of any ‘high risk’ area, was demonstrated in other posts.
Lindsey Knight wrote: “So they should. Not worth risking your child’s life over. Best to keep them safe.”
Iceman n17 posted on social media: “I like the way the PM, the MP’s, Mayor of London etc etc state to the country ‘carry on as normal, don’t let terrorist win’ well they would say that as their protected by armed security and so on and it’s the ‘ordinary’ public that are at risk, so if you can minimise a risk why not !!! (sic).”
The school’s email to parents read: “It is with a heavy heart that the school and the Science Department have decided to cancel the upcoming trip to London.
“The trip involved a visit to the London Aquarium and the Florence Nightingale Museum.
“Our whole trip, which would consist of approximately 380 students and 20 staff spread out across various venues and locations, was going take place in the area between Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.
“Given the recent terrorist attacks at these two locations, and the fact that we would have so many children dispersed over such a large area, we have decided that it is not sensible to run the trip at this time.
“We hope that this is a trip that we will be able to run in the future, at which point we hope that your child will attend.”
In the meantime the school, founded in 1964 and with 1,097 pupils, will liaise with Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent to arrange a day of activities for pupils at the school site.
The three terrorists were shot and killed by police on the scene.
Police have named two of them as ringleader Khuram Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30.
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