The Crimean conflict is a hard lesson in current events for Glastonbury High School students learning Russian.
The school decided to cancel an exchange trip to Russia scheduled for next month due to rising tensions with the country over its occupation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
The trip was supposed to last two weeks in St. Petersburg, where ten students would have stayed with host families and they would have even gone to Russian school.
Glastonbury Public Schools was concerned the students could have been targeted by anti-American sentiment.
“We did not want to put our students in that kind of situation where they might face some hostility from some Russians who felt that Americans perhaps had overstepped their bounds, or for whatever reason,” Superintendent Dr. Alan Bookman said.
The trip was going to cost a total of $2500 per student…most of that will be refunded, but parents will have to eat $476 in non-refundable expenses.