Harford County students will miss out on visiting the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters, the National Aquarium, the birthplace and grave of Edgar Allan Poe, and Fort McHenry, among many other Baltimore-area attractions. That’s because Harford County administrators have banned all field trips to Baltimore City locations for the indefinite future, citing safety concerns.
“The travel restrictions were implemented strictly for the safety of the students based on information we received from various law enforcement agencies, including the Baltimore City Police Department, following the riots and relating to potential issues that may occur during the first and subsequent trials,” a Harford county spokeswoman said. The county made an exception for students traveling to Baltimore for sports tournaments and events because — well, just because.
The field trip ban resulted in much head-shaking among people who live, work, and hang out in the big bad city: “We are afraid the lesson being taught to the children of Harford County is to fear the city, and that is disappointing,” a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the Sun.