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South Florida Students Travel to Belgium Amid Brussels Attacks

Students and staff from one South Florida school traveled through Belgium Tuesday, alarming their parents back at home.

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About 19 students and some school teachers are traveling through Europe on a European war history trip for Spring Break, even though the trip is not sponsored by the Palm Beach County School District.

Although the group was well out of harm's way, family members at home are anxious to see how the teenagers are handling what happened.

"First of all, we just tried to see, to call and when we saw the text from the teacher, we still want to communicate and know how thay are feeling," said Sangita Mehta, a parent of a student on the trip. "Where they are, are they okay? What's going on in their mind? You just worry about it."

Parents received text messages from trip chaperones saying: "All having fun today despite the news, heading over to Luxembourg for the afternoon." Another text read: "Everybody's excited for the day ahead, but we are in a small town not near Brussels. We are away from the news, expecting no problems. We will keep an eye on things, so don't be worried."

The students have a few more countries to visit. They are scheduled to return home on Saturday night.

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