SD Chorus Group Near Boston Is Safe
by Jill Johnson
April 19, 2013 5:37 PM
Just two days after the Boston Marathon bombings took place, a singing group from South Dakota headed to the city.
The Capital City Children's Chorus from Pierre traveled to Boston to celebrate the chorus' 20th Anniversary. Despite all the chaos that's happening around them, members of the chorus say they're safe. The group is staying outside of Boston at a hotel in Natick, which is about 30 minutes away from the city.
Chorus Executive Director Julie Myers said, "It never crossed our mind not to come even though right before we were scheduled to leave the chaos began."
Chorus Executive Director Julie Myers when they arrived at the airport, business went on as usual. However, when the group tried to navigate through the area where the bombings took place, she says it was obvious authorities were involved in a manhunt.
Myers said, "There is tons of police. They're stationed all over the place and they actually have the blocks still blocked off with police tape."
Then on Thursday night, more chaos, a shooting at MIT. She says at the time, their 64-member group just got done seeing the Blue Man Group.
Myers said, "We saw the FBI speeding past us of course we had no idea what was going on. We were just leaving downtown Boston at that time."
The group had no idea there was a shooting nearby involving the suspects allegedly responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings until they saw the news later that night. And, on Friday, when the search for one of them continued, the group stayed away.
Myers said, "We had a schedule to go the Boston Symphony, we had that rescheduled so we won't go downtown at all today (Friday)."
The group was at a Museum in Sturbridge, about an hour away from Boston. Nowhere near where the lockdown was taking place.
"My mom and my dad are calling and checking. This morning they weren't completely sure which area in Boston we were so they just wanted to make sure we weren't in lockdown so they're a little bit worried," said 14-year-old Chorus Member Eryn Schlotte.
The 34 children in the chorus group were safe.
The group consists of children age 9 to 17. Myers says she doesn't think most of the children understand the significance of what's happening around them.
Many of the events the chorus was scheduled to go to had been canceled. The chorus is still expecting to sing at fenway park on monday night. They are scheduled to leave Massachusetts on Tuesday afternoon.