WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — In the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, a video purportedly posted online by Islamic State members warned that countries participating in air strikes in Syria could expect attacks like those carried out in the French capital city.
The video specifically mentioned D.C., and schools in several states responded by cancelling or postponing field trips to the District.
When one Ohio middle school decided to visit the city anyway, Mayor Muriel Bowser greeted them with open arms.
Roughly 250 eighth-graders from Claggett Middle School in Medina, Ohio, met Bowser in Lafayette Square near the White House on Thursday afternoon.
WNEW’s D.C. Bureau Chief Kris Ankarlo says the kids even got an opportunity to wave to a tall, skinny man standing near a White House window who was holding a dog. It may even have been President Barack Obama, he reports.
Now kids are waving at a guy who's waving at them from the WH, maybe POTUS? See what happens when you don't cancel pic.twitter.com/p6pKu5Iekt— Kris Ankarlo (@KrisAnkarlo) November 19, 2015
Authorities have stressed they have no credible information about specific threats against the nation’s capital. The Medina superintendent told The Medina-Gazette that he was the one who decided not to cancel the field trip.
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