One never knows when he or she will be in a potential life-threatening situation. Case in point, students from Keene Central School were in New York City over the weekend during the bomb scare at Times Square — some close to where a sports utility vehicle was parked with explosives. The intent of this act was to kill Americans.
Fortunately, the bomb did not go off and the students all returned home safely — albeit with a story to tell.
In the light of such a close call, we must all remember that when traveling — especially to NYC, which is a high-priority target of terrorists — the threat of a terrorist attack is a reality of the world we live in.
But people should not stop living their lives and cancel or alter future trips to New York City — or other destinations — because of such threats. Hopefully that message is conveyed by school officials and parents as well. One thing Keene Central School faculty members and students said was that they would go again. Now that’s the spirit.
New York City is a must-see for everyone — especially kids who have lived most of their lives in a rural setting. And because it is a cultural Mecca where so many valuable experieces are to be had.
Life goes on, and on that particular day in Times Square, there were hundreds of people bustling through the city streets. Next weekend, it will be the same, as will the next weekend, and the next. Point is, there will still be hundreds of people taking advantage of all NYC has to offer. And hopefully, some other local school is planning a trip to the big city.
It’s important to be mindful that a terrorist attack is possible. But then again, other life-threatening situations are possible in our daily lives.