School official: Group of Henrico Co. students in Nice, France reported safe

School official: Group of Henrico Co. students in Nice, France reported safe

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A group of Mills Godwin & Henrico High School students, who were on a non-school-related trip to Nice, France, are safe, according to Henrico County Schools spokesperson Andy Jenks.

A total of 12 Godwin students, 11 Godwin graduates, and a Henrico High School student were approximately a mile away when a semi-truck loaded with explosives intentionally plowed into a Bastille Day celebration in the capital of the French Riviera, leaving 84 dead and dozens of others injured.

According to Jenks, the group did not see or know of the attack until they returned to where they were staying. Jenks explained that the group is expected to stay there until Saturday unless plans change.

"The group has been traveling for about a week through Switzerland and France, interacting with people, absorbing the cultures, visiting monuments, climbing mountains, and experiencing ancient ruins." Henrico Schools said in a series of tweets. "The visit (a non-school trip) was ending in Nice/French Riviera."

The attack happened about 11 p.m. local time on the Promenade de Anglais, a wide, open public square near the ocean in the coastal city.

Bastille Day is similar to the Fourth of July in the U.S. It celebrates the storming of the Bastille, a prison in the center of Paris. The attack happened after a fireworks display.

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