Brussels terror attacks not stopping South Colonie Europe trip

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local family chooses not to live in fear as they prepare their daughter for a Europe trip following terror attacks in Brussels.

Brussels was a city on the itinerary for a class trip in April in the North Colonie School District. But that trip was cancelled following the deadly Paris attacks.

Paris is a destination for some students at South Colonie High School in April. The eight-day trip has not been cancelled. They will also visit London and Normandy.

Though Belgium is not on the itinerary, family members of a NEWS10 ABC employee are not going to let the terror attacks on Tuesday have them living in fear.

London has been Gillian Miller’s dream destination for years.

“Ever since sixth grade, I’ve wanted to go to London,” she said.

That’s one reason why her parents aren’t keeping her home despite the fatal bombings at the Brussels Airport and a busy metro station that have killed 34.

“It’s a little nerve wracking,” Gillian’s mother, Julia Miller, said. “But at the same time, I don’t think we should live our lives in fear.”

Students from Shaker High School in North Colonie would have been going to France and Belgium in April. A stop in Brussels was on the itinerary, but the district cancelled the trip in November 2015 after the deadly attacks in Paris.

“Unfortunately, world events are playing out in such a manner right now that in abundance of caution, we need to put these trips on hold and evaluate future trips as we go forward,” North Colonie School District Superintendent Joseph Carr said.

Major transit hubs across the country have increased security as a precaution, including the Albany International Airport.

“There’s no credible threat, locally, to indicate that we need to raise our awareness or our presence, but we figured we wanted to do that just to make sure people flying in and out know we’re here, and that they’re safe,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.

PHOTOS: Explosions rock Brussels airport, subway

Julia said she feels safe sending her daughter on a trip of a lifetime.

“It’s a great opportunity for her to see a part of the world she’s never seen before,” she said.

Julia said the group taking care of her daughter’s trip has given her peace of mind. They sent letters to parents reassuring them they are in constant communication with staff and local offices and will make sure the children are safe.

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