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Citing ‘Escalating Violence,’ Carroll County School Officials Halt Field Trips to Baltimore

By Colin Campbell | 27 November 2017

THE BALTIMORE SUN — Carroll County school officials have halted school-related trips to Baltimore — including a marching band’s scheduled performance in the Mayor’s Christmas Parade on Sunday — citing “escalating violence” in the city, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Schools spokeswoman Carey Gaddis said the order is based on a recommendation from the county Sheriff’s Office, and will stay in place until the beginning of the next semester in late January, when it will be revisited. She said the order was sent to school principals last week.

Sheriff James T. DeWees recommended the measure during a meeting with school system officials “in response to parent concerns regarding the safety of students during field trips to venues in Baltimore City,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. The move is intended to “limit the risk to students and staff.” …

This month the city’s homicide count surpassed 300 for the third year in a row. Residents in some neighborhoods have complained of more assaults and robberies in recent months.

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh recently called crime in the city “out of control” and ordered 30 agency heads to attend daily meetings at the Police Department. […]

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