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.