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Beaconsfield

118 Beaconsfield High students in Boston area today; holed up in hotel as a precaution

As the city of Boston continues to be in lockdown on Friday afternoon following an overnight shootout with police that left one of the suspects in the marathon bombings dead and the other the focus of a massive manhunt, 118 Beaconsfield High School students were holed up in their hotel in the Massachusetts capital region.

The students, members of three BHS bands, travelled to Boston Thursday to participate in a music festival. They are staying in a hotel in Danvers, a suburb in the northeast sector of Boston.

“They are a good distance from (the Watertown) area,” said Suanne Stein Day, the chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. “There is no lockdown where they are.”

The students are accompanied by seven teachers, who have posted information about where the students are and what they are doing on a website used by the school’s music department as an internal communications tool. Parents have been notified and are able to access the site to stay up to date on developments, Stein Day said. The teachers have also been in contact with the school’s principal.

Although the students are in an area outside the lockdown area, teachers decided to keep the students within the hotel. They cancelled plans for a sightseeing trip around the city and are spending the day rehearsing for tomorrow’s competition.

Stein Day said might set out to tour the Salem area later today.

The band members will compete in the musical festival tomorrow in Topsfield, Mass., which is about 35 kilometres north of Boston. They are scheduled to return home Sunday evening.

ofarrell@montrealgazette.com

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