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10 LR students, 2 teachers stuck in NYC after Sandy

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published November 1, 2012 at 10:18 a.m.

Ten members of Little Rock's Parkview Arts and Sciences Magnet High School debate team and their two teacher chaperones were still in Brooklyn on Thursday after Hurricane Sandy canceled 10,000 flights in and out of the city, the Little Rock School District has said.

The group had traveled to New York for the Empire Mock Trial World Championship tournament and were there when the storm rolled in and shut down the city’s train and subway systems.

The students are doing fine and are in good spirits, the district quoted debate sponsor Patricia Treadway as saying.

Dexter Booth, principal at Parkview, said the school will cover the students’ expenses for their extended stay.

At the time the storm canceled the tournament, the team had won an "Outstanding Witness" award in the mock trials, Treadway said.

The students plan to return in two flights with five students each, one Friday and the other Saturday, the district said.

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... November 1, 2012 at 12:59 p.m.

These teachers weren't very bright, don't they know what a hurricane is? They should have gotten the kids out-a-doge.

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applegg says... November 1, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.

Don't these people watch the news? What did they expect? Somebody's head should roll for utter stupidity.

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LoganParke says... November 1, 2012 at 7:49 p.m.

When these students left last week the path and severity of the storm were very different than what actually happened. The event that they spend years working on in high school for many hours a week is very valuable and likely develops more skills than they will ever find In a classroom. High quality, and even low quality Mock Trial events are few and far between, so the mere threat of a storm should not justify the cancellation of a trip that cost the students (not the school) hundreds of dollars where the students will have one of their few opportunities to compete against the top competition in the nation. Your conclusions about the intelligence level of these instructors without any understanding of anything in this situation other than the word hurricane is both unjustified and irrational.

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