Eleven students from the Campbell-Savona High School were part of a Europe tour and were in the Notre Dame Cathedral just an hour before the fire, on Monday.
A mother of one of the students said her son and the other Campbell-Savona High School students were touring Europe as part of Education First Tours, and Paris was their first stop.
“The chaperone was texting us through an app that the kids were safe and they were getting them on a bus and out of the area,” Kathleen Reeve-Feldman, a mother of one of the students, told 18 News. “At the time, we didn’t know was it a terrorist attack or if it was from construction that was going on. We didn’t know anything so it was a very surreal moment to know my son was one of the last groups of kids that would be over there.”
All of the students were safe and are continuing their Europe tour. The Campbell-Savona School District is not involved in the tour. Authorities said there is no sign so far that the fire was anything other than accidental. The investigation though is still ongoing.