Lynn Haven - A group of eighth graders from Mowat Middle School is back in Bay County after a memorable field trip to New York City. They were among some of the first in the country to visit Ground Zero after Osama Bin Laden's death.
The group learned of Bin Laden's death just a few hours after boarding the bus to head to New York on Sunday night. The news caused concern among some chaperones and students. Some feared possible retaliation, others worried additional security measures might change their itinerary. Thankfully, neither was an issue.
Participants say the timing made the trip even more memorable and educational.
"It felt like we were there just in time to be a part of the closure that was taking place for our country and for the families. It felt like we were a part of a history making moment," said Nakia Morris, a teacher at Mowat Middle School.
"I saw a lot of construction going on and a lot of security. I felt safe," said Brandi Scheffield, an eighth grader.
"It was kind of surreal because who would of thought a year ago when I started putting this into plan that on the very day that we leave that something that big would occur," said Crystall Woodford, the Mowat Middle School teacher who organized the trip.
Mowat's eighth grade field trip is usually to Washington D.C. every year. This is the first time the school went to New York.