Local students safe after Paris attack

April 20, 2017 11:11 PM

PARIS, FRANCE – A group of Capital Region students were in Paris very close to where the attack happened. We spoke with Dylan Rossiter by phone Thursday night. He says he and everyone in his group are safe but shaken up by the attack.

“Everyone in our group here is just kind of in shock as to what happened, I mean you hear about this happening all over the world you know, you think it will never happen to you,” said Rossiter from his hotel room in Paris. “And then it does. Crazy situation.”

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Dylan Rossiter and two classmates from the International Group at Maple Hill High School, along with three chaperones, were all in Paris when the attack took place. They were visiting the Arc de Triomphe, and while they didn’t hear the shots or see the attack, they saw the immediate aftermath.

“We noticed lots of police activity,” said Rossiter. “And then there was widespread panic amongst people there, not sure what was going on. We’ve got sirens blazing, you’ve got police putting on bulletproof vests. Scary situation.”

“We exited right out on to the street they were closing,” Rossiter said, after his group went underground to exit the Arc de Triomphe. “And we got into a store where we took shelter for a few minutes.” Rossiter and his group then left the store and got onto a subway back to their hotel as police began to shut the area down.

Rossiter says that despite a number of recent terrorist attacks in France, they were not warned by the U.S. Consulate before traveling into the country on their trip. He says the group is shaken, but doesn’t think the attack will change possible trips to France in the future. “It was always in the back of our minds that something could happen,” he said. “But I think that’s with everyone nowadays.”

Rossiter and his classmates arrived in Paris on Tuesday. They’ve been travelling through Italy and the south of France before that. They’re leaving Paris Friday morning to head to London for the last leg of their trip.


Ben Amey

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