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Students from South Mississippi continue with D.C. visit

The students plan to go one with their trip. (Photo source: WLOX) The students plan to go one with their trip. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

It was supposed to be a week of fun in Washington D.C. for participants in the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Youth Tour. About a dozen of the 70 students taking part in the tour are from the Coast. 

On Wednesday morning, the tour took them to Arlington National Cemetery; just six miles from where a gunman opened fire on a group of congressmen practicing baseball. 

"This morning as we were traveling to Arlington we actually saw a few ambulances going down the parkway, so we assumed that might be the area that they were going to," said Ron Stewart, Senior VP of Communications for Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, and one of 14 advisors. "We're several miles away from where it happened, so the area where we're staying we didn't have any impact from it."

Students visited the Capitol and met Mississippi's Congressional Delegation, where they were able to talk with Rep. Trent Kelly, who had a close call with the shooter. 

"I did hear several from the 1st Congressional District saying, 'Wow we were just there yesterday seeing him,'" said Stewart. "Certainly they're old enough to understand how precious life is."

Despite the shooting, the trip will go on. Plans aren't changing for the students entering their senior year of high school. 

"The areas we go to are very secured," Stewart said. "We really put a lot of emphasis on the safety of our students while we're here. We keep them together in groups. The safety is at the utmost importance of our focus throughout the week."

The students plan to come back home on Friday. 

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