St. Johns students head to Europe Monday

Posted at 10:08 AM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 10:08:51-04

Ted Suidgeest's two sons are headed to Madrid next Monday.

"They'll spend maybe four days in Madrid and then they each have a family they go and stay with for a few more days after that," explained.

It's a nine day trip the students have preparing for all year, maybe longer.

"David actually had - his first year of Spanish was in 8th grade, so he had 8th, 9th and 10th grade, then he skipped a year of Spanish, so he'd be in Spanish this year to go on the trip," Suidgeest said.

And, he told us St. Johns has done well working to get the 50 Spanish students ready.

He explained, "They had a day where everybody had to bring, had to have their passport with them in a pouch and had to wear it correctly. They teach them all about security and all that type of thing."

Security that's expected to increase after Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Suidgeest told us the teachers organizing the trip sent an email to parents this morning addressing the bombings.

"As of now, the trip is still going. You know, they expressed there could be additional security at the airport, precautions, those types of things and we'll certainly teach our kids to be vigilant and weary, but otherwise hopefully they'll still go and have fun," he said.

Fun is exactly what he wants his two boys to focus on.

"As a parent you're always worried, but like I said. I'm not gonna make a bigger deal out of it than that," Suidgeest said. "They've got several chaperones and I know that they'll contact me if there's any issue. They know how to get a hold of me and I can get a hold of my kids."

Plus, if he has any questions, he's got their full itinerary.

"You can't live your life in fear," he added.

The teachers in charge have made this trip for almost 20 years.

We spoke with a few students who said they're concerned, but aren't going to let this deter them.

We called the Superintendent and Principal, but they have not returned our calls.